Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of October 20, 2021

CAC High School Principal’s Notes

Swim-A-Thon

It was a shorter week at CAC this week, and after the busy few weeks previously, everyone is ready for this short break. I hope you all find some to connect and unwind as a family, wherever you are choosing to spend the holiday weekend.

Conferences and Reports

Quarter 1 Progress Reports were published on Monday and hopefully by now you have been able to locate and review the report with your child. On Monday and Tuesday next week, we are looking forward to welcoming you, either in person or online, for our first round of parent-teacher-student conferences. If you have been unable to secure an appointment with all the teachers you would like to see, please do feel free to email a teacher directly to request an appointment outside of the conference days; all our teachers will happily accommodate these requests.

Dates for your Diary

● Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday Holiday: October 21. (school closed)
● Parent-Teacher Conferences: 25-26 October (no school for students on the 26th)
● Early Release Day: Wednesday 27 October (11:30 dismissal)
● PTO Open Meeting: Sunday 31 October (time TBC)
● Grade 11 IB Information Meeting: Monday 1 November, 6:30 p.m. (Theatre)
● Principal’s Coffee: Wednesday 10 November, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Yours in partnership and learning,

Andrew Buckman               Rachel McCall
                HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

 

Counseling Department Announcements

Week of Oct. 20, 2021

Thanks to those who joined us for the City-Wide University Fair this past Monday and Tuesday evening. We hope it was an informative and interactive experience for you!

A reminder about a few more upcoming events:

University of Toronto, Undergraduate Admission – Oct 26th, 7:00-8:00 pm

Each year CAC has several graduates enroll at UToronto. Mr. Chelvarajah from their admission team has offered to meet with just our CAC students and parents on Oct 26th through a zoom call. The purpose of this session will be to highlight several of the programs at UToronto, and to also give updates on their admission process. If you are applying to UToronto this year, don’t miss this session. Please register here for this session here.

The American University in Cairo – Nov 4th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

During the HS Lunch hour, members of the admission team from AUC will be visiting CAC. More details about this visit will be sent out in late October.

List of Upcoming University Visits

The counselors receive quite a few invitations to attend online events that universities are hosting. We don’t announce all of these, but we keep track of them on the HS Counseling Resources website. Explore this page to see the dozens of upcoming events you could attend from universities around the world.

Seniors

Document Request Forms (DRFs) After submitting an application to a university, students should download the receipt showing proof that the application has been submitted. This receipt should be turned in to the counseling office with a Document Request Form (DRF) specific to the country applied to, indicating what documents need to be sent by CAC, to where, and how.

This should be done for each and every application that is submitted. Paper copies of the DRF are located outside of the counseling office, and the digital versions in addition to further instructions can be found here. Please contact your counselor if you have any questions.

Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
HS Counseling

General Announcements

From Swimming

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xrZnO–t7ovzfeuaawo5QMluFIoT9oGZ27f87b1HoSw/edit

Aquatics Office

From the Library

October is the month of COURAGE
In collaboration with the PTO, the MHS Library is promoting book connected to the theme of Courage during the month of October. The books are intended for MS students, HS students and parents. Please come check them out!

Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7
All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)
o When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

Meghan Ennis
MHS Librarian

 

AIM Survey

CAC have engaged with the National Association of Independent Schools to use their Assessment of Inclusivity and Multi-culturalism to gauge and improve the inclusiveness of our school community for all members.

A component of that process is an anonymous survey, designed and tested by the NAIS, and administered by their organization to ensure security, anonymity, and confidentiality of the information that each respondent shares.

We are asking you to take 15-20 minutes out of your busy schedule to complete this survey by Tuesday, November 2, 2021. You can access the survey by clicking on one of the following links:

1. English Survey
2. Arabic Survey

Below are a few other things to keep in mind as you progress through the survey:

1. The survey can be completed on a laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone device.
2. You must complete all of the required questions in order to advance through the evaluation. Required questions are marked with a red asterisk.
3. As you move from page to page in the evaluation, please use the Back and Next buttons at the bottom of each survey page.
4. The system will record your response as you advance through the questions. You can leave the survey at any time, and return later to resume your response. Simply click Save and Resume Later.

The system will generate a URL for you to use in returning to the point where you left off and continuing your entry. You can choose to copy that URL and save it, or to have the system e-mail the URL to you.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this very important assignment.

Sincerely,

DEI Design Team

Community Meetup sign up sheet
Discussion Circle sign up sheet
CAC Talk Nurturing the Emotional Intelligence of Boys

Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of October 14, 2021

CAC High School Principal’s Notes

US Ambassador visits CAC

A busy day at CAC

Yesterday, we ran some special scheduling for all grade levels with PSAT exams, a wellbeing retreat for Grade 9, and specific interest-based / academic seminars for our Grade 12s. With snacks provided by our wonderful Booster Club volunteers to keep the hungry students satisfied, the morning was a resounding success. Students and faculty reported that the time was both enjoyable and valuable for them. This initiative grew from the work CAC is doing in relation to the Strategic Plan Pillar #2: “Cultivating and supporting student and staff wellbeing.” Look out for more events of this nature during the year.

US Ambassador visits CAC

Also yesterday afternoon, we were very pleased to host a visit from the United States Ambassador to Egypt, Jonathan Cohen, who came to speak to our CAC Model United Nations (MUN) delegates. The students listened to the ambassador’s key-note speech in which he told them how his own interest and subsequent career in international diplomacy began through participating in MUN events when he was a student. In addition to his speech, Ambassador Cohen took questions from the students and discussed various geopolitical issues with them. This experience gave our students a fascinating insight into the work of an ambassador and international political decision-making processes in our modern world. It was an exceptional event and a wonderful start to our own MUN event.

CACMUN

And on that note, the 43rd annual CACMUN got underway today and will continue through the weekend. More than 60 students are participating in this year’s event and as I type they are busy preparing, debating, researching and writing resolutions for discussion and decisions.. This type of work truly embodies the CAC Core Values and, with the explicit focus on internationalism and global mindedness, is a cornerstone of an exceptional international education.

Conferences and Reports

Yesterday we emailed you regarding parent teacher conferences. Please read over that information and be ready to sign up for appointments when the system opens on Sunday. This time, we are trialling a combination of face-to-face and online meetings to allow for maximum flexibility for parents. Some parents prefer to meet in person while for others, the flexibility of online conferences allows for easier attendance. Please choose the format that best suits your schedule on the 25th and/or 26th October.

Also, don’t forget, your child’s Q1 progress report will be available for viewing in Skyward next week after 3:00 p.m. on the 18th October.

Emailing CAC

Have you been having trouble with your emails to CAC not being delivered, or going to teachers’ spam mail? Please see this note from our Technology Office to help address the issue of emails going missing.

Since we provide a @cacegypt.org account to each one of our parents, every email we receive from external addresses under the same name is labeled as a phishing attempt, therefore those emails are immediately labeled as spam and sent to the spam folder.

To prevent this situation, we whitelisted all the personal emails that parents provided in the admission process; due to this, all the matching emails are received without any problem.

If you are experiencing problems with mails not being received or going to spam, it may be that you are using another personal email which is not registered on Skyward. To rectify this issue, please login to Skyward and update your records to match the email address you will be using to email CAC.

If you have any further problems or need help with any technology related issues, please contact our technology team directly: technology@cacegypt.org | mabdelhady@cacegypt.org

City-Wide University Fair – October 18th & 19th, 6:00-9:00 pm

We strongly encourage all high school students to attend this unique online university fair. Along with 8 other schools in Cairo, CAC has organized a large virtual university fair through the Novva platform on October 18th & 19th.

Currently 80+ universities from Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, USA, and the UK will be participating. This will be a great opportunity for students and parents to explore a wide variety of universities and programs. The Novva platform allows for great interactions between the universities and students, so you will be able to ask questions and meet the counselors who would eventually read your applications. Register here to get more information:
https://cscn.educationconnectlive.com/

Dates for your Diary

● Quarter 1 Progress Check Reports posted on Skyward: Monday 18 October
● Virtual College Fair: 18-19 October, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
● Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday Holiday: October 21. (school closed)
● Parent-Teacher Conferences: 25-26 October (no school for students on the 26th)
● Early Release Day: Wednesday 27 October (11:30 dismissal)
● Principal’s Coffee: Wednesday 10 November, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Yours in partnership and learning,

Andrew Buckman               Rachel McCall
                HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

 

Counseling Department Announcements

Week of Oct. 14, 2021

We have three upcoming university visits we would like to highlight for you.

City-Wide University Fair – October 18th & 19th, 6:00-9:00 pm

We strongly encourage all high school students to attend this unique online university fair.
Along with 8 other schools in Cairo, CAC has organized a large virtual university fair through the Novva platform on October 18th & 19th. As this will take place on two evenings, there should be a time where you can login. This will be a replacement to our annual on-campus event that was done in past Octobers.

Currently 80+ universities from Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, USA, and the UK will be participating. This will be a great opportunity for students and parents to explore a wide variety of universities and programs. The Novva platform allows for great interactions between the universities and students, so you will be able to ask questions and meet the counselors who would eventually read your applications.
Register here to get more information:
https://cscn.educationconnectlive.com/

University of Toronto, Undergraduate Admission – Oct 26th, 7:00-8:00 pm

Each year CAC has several graduates enroll at UToronto. Mr. Chelvarajah from their admission team has offered to meet with just our CAC students and parents on Oct 26th through a zoom call. The purpose of this session will be to highlight several of the programs at UToronto, and to also give updates on their admission process. If you are applying to UToronto this year, don’t miss this session. Please register here for this session here.

The American University in Cairo – Nov 4th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

During the HS Lunch hour, members of the admission team from AUC will be visiting CAC. More details about this visit will be sent out in late October.

List of Upcoming University Visits

The counselors receive quite a few invitations to attend online events that universities are hosting. We don’t announce all of these, but we keep track of them on the HS Counseling Resources website. Explore this page to see the dozens of upcoming events you could attend from universities around the world.

Seniors

Document Request Forms (DRFs) After submitting an application to a university, students should download the receipt showing proof that the application has been submitted. This receipt should be turned in to the counseling office with a Document Request Form (DRF) specific to the country applied to, indicating what documents need to be sent by CAC, to where, and how.

This should be done for each and every application that is submitted. Paper copies of the DRF are located outside of the counseling office, and the digital versions in addition to further instructions can be found here. Please contact your counselor if you have any questions.

Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
HS Counseling

General Announcements

From the Library

October is the month of COURAGE
In collaboration with the PTO, the MHS Library is promoting book connected to the theme of Courage during the month of October. The books are intended for MS students, HS students and parents. Please come check them out!

Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7
All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)
o When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

Meghan Ennis
MHS Librarian

Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of October 6, 2021

CAC High School Principal’s Notes

Faculty, staff and parents getting ready to play the varsity girls volleyball team last weekend

The Cross Country Team in Wadi Degla

 

We had another successful Principal’s Coffee Morning for our parent community yesterday, with more than 50 people attending. At the meeting we reviewed the myriad of upcoming events for high school and also spent some time looking at the CAC Strategic Plan. If you would like to see the slides shared at that meeting, you may click here. In our next meeting (November 10) we will be workshopping with parents to get some input and ideas about how the high school can forward its work on the strategic plan pillars–it would be great to have many parents there for that and we value feedback and ideas from multiple perspectives.

On October 13, we are running a special schedule for all high school grade levels. Grade 10 and 11 will be taking the PSAT tests while Grade 9 and 12 will be engaged in special sessions tailored specifically for their current needs and situations. The Grade 9s will have a Wellbeing Retreat focussed on their transition from middle to high school. Topics covered will include: Healthy Habits, Mindfulness, Organizational Skills, Screen Time & Digital Citizenship, Managing Stress and a Q & A with a panel of seniors. We will also get them moving and being active with sessions of Frisbee, Juggling, Spike Ball, Yoga and some time in the weight room. It will be a dynamic and enjoyable learning experience for them all.

We understand our Grade 10 and 11 students may have questions or anxieties about the upcoming PSAT tests. As such, we have organised an informal and voluntary drop-in Q&A session for students on Monday 11 October. HS counselor, Mr Simon, will be there to help students understand what to expect and how to manage any worries they may have about the PSAT.

On this same morning, our Grade 12s will also be off their regular timetable and have the option to sign up for a variety of seminars such as: How to Travel Safely and Economically during a Gap Year, Study Skills, Post School Financial Planning, as well as extended subject specific seminars, workshops and conferencing time. We are hopeful that this change of pace and style of learning will be engaging and relevant for them, and provide them with a much needed opportunity to catch up on some important coursework.

As you are likely aware, we are fast approaching the end of the Quarter 1 and will be issuing the first progress report for your child on October 18. Next week, the Skyward grade book will be open for families to view from Sunday to Thursday before being closed over the weekend. On Monday 18th, it will open again with the Q1 report posted.

On October 25 and 26, we look forward to welcoming parents to our first round of Parent Teacher Conferences of the year. There will be regular school for students on Monday 25th with face-to-face conferences taking place after school. However, there will be no school for students on the 26th as this is a full day of online conferences. Students are highly encouraged to attend the conferences with their parents. More information will be sent home soon.

Dates for your Diary

● Armed Forces Holiday: School is closed on October 7
● Booster Club Monthly Meeting: Tuesday 12 October, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Cairo Room, Library)
● PSAT Test (Grade 10 & 11): Wednesday 13 October (morning)
● Grade 9 Wellbeing Retreat: Wednesday 13 October (morning)
● Grade 12 Seminar/Conference: Wednesday 13 October (morning)
● CAC MUN: 14-16 October
● Quarter 1 Progress Check Reports posted on Skyward: Monday 18 October
● Virtual College Fair: Monday 18 October, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
● Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday Holiday: October 19. Please be reminded that this holiday may move to Thursday 21 October (school closed pending government announcement).
● Parent-Teacher Conferences: 25-26 October (no school for students on the 26th)
● Early Release Day: Wednesday 27 October (11:30 dismissal)
● Principal’s Coffee: Wednesday 10 November, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Yours in partnership and learning,

Andrew Buckman               Rachel McCall
                HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

 

Counseling Department Announcements

Week of Oct. 6, 2021

PSAT October 13

Grades 10 and 11. Next Wednesday, October 13, Grade 10 and 11 students will sit for the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test). As a result these students will not attend their A Block and B Block classes on the 13th. More information about timing and locations will be sent next week. To learn more about the PSAT, please visit here. Students should also pick up a Student Guide to the PSAT from the HS Counseling Office.

For Grades 9 and 12. Grades 9 and 12 will not be sitting for the PSAT on October 13. As a result, students will have a range of sessions to choose from during their A and B blocks. More information will be sent to students soon.

Upcoming University Visits

The University of California System – October 13, 6:00-7:00 pm
UC Davis will lead us in a discussion about the 9 campuses that are part of the UC System; some of the most popular destinations for international students in the USA. In the past few years, many aspects of their applications have changed. Join this online session to learn more about the application requirements and the changes that could impact your application. Register here!

Cairo Virtual University Fair, October 18, 6PM. This event is in an attempt to replicate CAC’s typical annual in-person college fair. Currently 55 universities from Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, USA, and the UK will be participating. This will be a great opportunity for students and parents to explore a wide variety of universities and programs. The Novva platform allows for great interaction between the universities and students, so you will be able to ask questions and meet the counselors who would eventually read your applications.

SCAD Visit. Last week SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) visited our AP 2D Art and IB Visual Arts classes!

Other upcoming virtual events happening around the world can be found here.

 

Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
HS Counseling

General Announcements

From Swimming

CAC Swim-A-Thon Fall 2021

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G1m_u22AuP6pE8DN0eHvf-NDgakLqvjaOqM7Ge5a0KI/edit

Aquatics Office

 

From the Library

October is the month of COURAGE
In collaboration with the PTO, the MHS Library is promoting book connected to the theme of Courage during the month of October. The books are intended for MS students, HS students and parents. Please come check them out!

Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7
All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)
o When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

Meghan Ennis
MHS Librarian

From the PTO

• The faculty and staff DEI design team are asking all parents to complete the AIM focus group survey. See the PTO Blog for more information and let’s support our teachers and staff.
• Please submit a recipe for the PTO cookbook, Family Favorites: Celebrating CAC’s Culinary & Cultural Diversity The deadline for submissions is October 31.
• For students interested in earning service hours as PTO language liaisons, please sign up here.
• Mark your calendars for the first PTO DEI Discussion Circle next Wednesday 10/13 @ 1:30. The focus will be on wellness and the conversation will be facilitated by our PTO Wellness committee head, Shayanne Salama. Location to be announced
Please visit the PTO / Booster Club Blog for current updates.

CAC PTO

Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 30, 2021

CAC High School Principal’s Notes

At the open Board of Trustees meeting this week, I had the opportunity to speak for a few minutes about the highlights in the high school since the beginning of the year. Putting together this short summary was a great way to reflect on everything that has been going on (and it’s a lot!) and to see the themes and threads that tie these seemingly disparate pieces together.

From Spirit Week and Peace Day, to daily meetings with teachers, parents and students; through sports matches, activity visits and assemblies; collaborating with the Student Council, PTO and Booster Club; monitoring COVID mitigations; and visiting many classrooms and lessons, the daily life of a school principal is certainly busy and it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. The same is true for the students with their busy and varied schedules.

The CAC Strategic Plan and the four pillars contained therein, provides an overarching guide and direction to the myriad of things happening simultaneously on campus. As we progress through the year, themes and topics such as Student Wellbeing, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, International Mindedness and Innovative and Sustainable Spaces and Programs will come up regularly and we will explore these ideas with our student and parent community. International Education is rich and complex and finding viable and relevant routes through the complexity with a vision and clear aims is critical to the success of any international school and all of its students. We embrace this work fully at CAC and your children are the beneficiaries of the collective commitment to an “exceptional education” guided by our mission, core values and the strategic plan.

This week, our CAC alumnus, Saifallah Ghazi’18, was part of an online Purdue University session for CAC High School students, discussing preparing and applying to U.S. engineering programs. It is Saif’s last year as an engineering student, and we couldn’t be more proud of him. A big thank you to Saif for continuing to inspire and support our students! Wishing him all the best with his final year in university! (Engy Rabie, Alumni Relations and Stewardship)

PTO News

Below is a link to a recording of an interview conducted by high school student Kavin Shrimali with Christine el Guindy from AbuElReesh Children’s Hospital. One of the PTO’s goals this year is to raise awareness about this hospital and to find ways to further support this deserving cause. The PTO Community Service committee will be developing a plan of action and we will share it with parents soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the recording. Well done to Kavin who did a great job as the interviewer!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MJzlKsR6rdG0P-6b3MwDJ7YnTipwsMPd/view?usp=drivesdk

NESA Parents as Partners webinar series

A reminder of the opportunity to join with parents across the NESA region to hear from distinguished specialists and to explore and learn new strategies in support of your child as a learner. Session 3 of the NESA Parents as Partners Webinar Series is coming up next Tuesday, October 5, 3:00 p.m., Topic: In Our Classrooms, In Our Schools: What is the Story of Learning?

Dates for your Diary

• Skyward Gradebook Open: Today. 4:00 p.m.
• CAC Talk (Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Raising & Teaching Happier Kids): Sunday 3 October. 5:30 p.m. (Zoom)
• Principal’s Coffee: Tuesday 5 October. 9:30-10:30 a.m. (MS 116)
• NESA Parents as Partners Webinar: In Our Classrooms, In Our Schools: What is the Story of Learning? Tuesday 5 October, 3:00 p.m.
• Armed Forces Holiday: Please be reminded that the Armed Forces Holiday on Wednesday 6 October may move to Thursday 7 October (school closed pending government announcement)
• PSAT Test (Grade 10 & 11): Wednesday 13 October (morning)
• Grade 9 Wellbeing Retreat: Wednesday 13 October (morning)
• CAC MUN: 14-16 October
• Quarter 1 Progress Check Reports posted on Skyward: Monday 18 October
• Parent-Teacher Conferences: 25-26 October (more details soon)
• Early Release Day: Wednesday 27 October (11:30 dismissal)

Yours in partnership and learning,

Andrew Buckman               Rachel McCall
                HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

 

Counseling Department Announcements

Week of Sept. 30, 2021

New Students. New student lunches were held this past week on the Nile Terrace. This was an opportunity for new students to come together and recognize most are now nearly two months into their new school, and to be able to attempt to identify where they are with this process. Third Culture Kid (TCK) and Cairo resources are available in the library. If you feel your student is having a tough time adjusting to their new environment, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s counselor.

Freshmen

Freshmen Seminar was held this past week in the library. This was an opportunity for students to become oriented with Ms. Ennis and the library, specifically related to what 9th graders need to know about what resources are available to them, including expectations with regards to proper citations/references on assignments they may have.

Seniors

College Application Workshop Drop-In Dates. As college application season is fully underway, counselors will continue to hold these application workshop sessions in the Cairo Room during Flex blocks, lunch, and after school throughout the fall semester. These dates will be communicated with students ahead of time.

University Visits and Upcoming Events

Purdue University. CAC Students and Families had the pleasure of welcoming Purdue University virtually last week for an info session. This session primarily focused on Studying Engineering in the US, and a CAC alumni, currently a senior at Purdue was able to join us and speak to his experience! The recording of this session can be found here.

Dutch Webinar Series (Netherlands), Sunday, October 3rd. This virtual fair is a unique opportunity to connect with more than 30 Dutch Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences. Students and families may register here.
*this event is not facilitated by CAC*

Cairo Virtual University Fair, October 18, 6PM. This event is in an attempt to replicate CAC’s typical annual in-person college fair. Currently 55 universities from Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, USA, and the UK will be participating. This will be a great opportunity for students and parents to explore a wide variety of universities and programs. The Novva platform allows for great interaction between the universities and students, so you will be able to ask questions and meet the counselors who would eventually read applications.

Other upcoming virtual events happening around the world can be found here.

 

Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
HS Counseling

General Announcements

From Swimming

CAC Swim-A-Thon Fall 2021

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G1m_u22AuP6pE8DN0eHvf-NDgakLqvjaOqM7Ge5a0KI/edit

Aquatics Office

 

From the Library

Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7
All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)
o When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

Meghan Ennis
MHS Librarian

 

CAC Talk – Sunday, October 3, 5:30 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84779716980?pwd=c3JoWE1yQ2w1em5uS1pKbDhxNGRvUT09
Meeting ID: 847 7971 6980 Passcode: 168709

CAC PTO

PTO DEI Cookbook Submissions Form

Call for Recipes: The PTO DEI Committee kindly invites recipe submissions to be published in a cookbook in December. The theme of the cookbook is “Family Favorites.” A family favorite is a dish you love to make and your family loves to eat! The dish may be savory or sweet, and may but does not have to originate from your family background. The recipes should be simple to follow, and original or adapted from a cookbook, blog, website or other source.

To submit your family favorite recipe, please complete this form. Thank you!

The PTO DEI Committee

Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 23, 2021

CAC High School Principal’s Notes

Wow! Having got to the end of my first Spirit Week here at CAC I can safely say I am truly staggered at the energy, passion and excitement this week has generated on campus. Starting on Monday when students (and teachers!) wore their pajamas to school, through to today, with our closing assembly and satirical grade level skits, the enthusiasm has been infectious and our students’ love of their school and sense of belonging are wonderful to see. A huge thank you and nod of kudos must go once again to our student council advisors: Dorothy Knox, Tony Knox, Ashley Gramolini, Erik Dunham, and Kasey Semler. Kudos also to all our faculty and staff for all the support that goes into making a week like this possible and successful. If you want a concrete example of CAC’s commitment to its mission statement, Learn, Explore and Have Fun, Spirit Week surely ticks all the boxes.

We also recognised and celebrated the UN International Peace Day on Tuesday as part of our Spirit Week. Students performed in the MS/HS choir and the school band, and our Student Council presidents addressed the community with a few words on the significance of the day. Our Core Values of Respect, Compassion and Courage all connect strongly with the themes explored on Peace Day and our student leaders spoke eloquently about this at the event.

While talking about school spirit, perhaps this is a good time to recognise and thank our dedicated team of parents who run the Booster Club and Spirit Store. They too exhibit their passion and commitment to the school by dedicating time and energy to running the Booster Club initiatives, providing food at events and many other types of support too. It is worthy of note that they are all volunteers who give willingly of their time (lots of it!). Please be respectful of their efforts and also note that the Spirit Store cannot accept credit cards for any payments. Thank you Booster Club!

This week has not only been about having fun, we have also been focussed on learning and specifically learning in mathematics. The math teachers have been working with a visiting consultant, Megan Holstrom, this week. Their work so far has included a review of research-based effective math teaching strategies (see below) as well as examining The Common Core’s Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice for students (also below). The work will continue through the year with a combination of face-to-face and online sessions with Megan. We will also invite parents into school later in the year to learn more about this work and the current research that informs how math is taught in school these days–much has changed since we adults were at school!

We continue to be fortunate in the high school that there are still no active cases of Covid-19 among our students. Our mitigation measures and safe practices at school are working to protect our students and enable effective face-to-face learning to be ongoing. At home you can also help out by reminding your children of safe behaviors outside of school, especially when they are socialising with friends at parties or special occasions etc. Mask wearing, good ventilation and distancing are all critical in helping to curb the spread of the virus. We all want kids to be able to enjoy the benefits of socialising with friends but please let’s work together to ensure they do this as safely as possible. As always, you can review the latest information about the school’s response to the pandemic on our dashboard, accessible from the CAC website.

Dates for your Diary

• Degla Dash: Friday 24 September
• High School Student Photos: 26 – 30 September (Library)
• CAC PTO Monthly Meeting: Sunday 26 September. 5:00 p.m. (Zoom)
• CAC Talk: Sunday 3 October. 5:30 p.m. (Zoom)
• Principal’s Coffee: Tuesday 5 October. 9:30-10:30 a.m. (MS 116)
• PSAT Test (Grade 10 & 11): Wednesday 13 October (morning)
• Quarter 1 Progress Check Reports posted on Skyward: Monday 18 October

Yours in partnership and learning,

 

Andrew Buckman               Rachel McCall
                HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

 

Counseling Department Announcements

Week of Sept. 23, 2021

New Students

New student lunch will be held next week for all students new to CAC. Grade 9 will meet Sunday, and Grades 10-12 will meet Tuesday. We will check in on how the transition to CAC is and continue to direct them to resources to make their transitions smooth. An RSVP was sent to students earlier this week.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Events hosted by CAC

Purdue University Save the date! September 28 3:15-4:00pm. Purdue University will be leading a session focused on applying to Engineering programs in the USA. Two CAC alumni who are current Purdue students will be joining the session. No prior registration required – Join the Zoom session with this link.

External Events

Ontario University Fair September 25 at 6pm. All universities in Ontario will be participating. Free to join and no prior registration required. Info here.

 

Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
HS Counseling

General Announcements

From Athletics

The 25th Mike Ross Degla Dash
Friday, September 24, 2021-Wadi Degla
Register online
Contact CAC Athletics at 2755-5406 or sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org

Dedicated to Mr. Mike Ross — former Physical Education Teacher and coach of Cairo American College who passed away after a short battle with cancer on October 23, 1995–in appreciation for his wisdom and friendship to CAC and its community. The funds raised will be donated to the National Cancer Institute in Egypt. If anyone would like to donate without taking part, then your donation is more than welcome. Please contact the Athletic Office to do so.

Volunteers: First and foremost, if you would like to volunteer your services on the day of the event please contact the Athletic Office immediately. It is important that we have your contact information in order to allocate jobs and plan accordingly.

Events:
* 2.5K individual Fun Run/Walk (families welcome)
* 5K individual Cross Country run

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021.

Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. SHARP! COVID NOTICE: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A MASK WHILE RIDING ON CAC BUSES.

CAC buses will depart from the Front Gate.

Start Time: All races will start at 9:00

Latest Return Time: CAC front gate at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Running Numbers: Will be handed out at the registration table outside the CAC front gate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. You MUST bring your own water, refreshments, and 4 safety pins (to hang your numbered bib).

Results: Will be posted on the CAC website the week following the race.

For more information please contact:
sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org
dgomaa@cacegypt.org / 27555406
snasr@cacegypt.org / 27555428

Athletics Office

 

From the Library

Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7
All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org)
o When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times
CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library
Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

Meghan Ennis
MHS Librarian

 

PTO DEI Cookbook Submissions Form

Call for Recipes: The PTO DEI Committee kindly invites recipe submissions to be published in a cookbook in December. The theme of the cookbook is “Family Favorites.” A family favorite is a dish you love to make and your family loves to eat! The dish may be savory or sweet, and may but does not have to originate from your family background. The recipes should be simple to follow, and original or adapted from a cookbook, blog, website or other source.

To submit your family favorite recipe, please complete this form. Thank you!

The PTO DEI Committee

 

CAC PTO Monthly Meeting
Time: Sunday 26 September @ 5pm

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
Passcode: 353379

CAC Talk

Join Zoom Meeting
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CAC PTO

Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 16, 2021

CAC High School Principal’s Notes

What a wonderful sight it was to see our middle school and high school faculty collaborating together around curriculum on Tuesday. After students were dismissed, the teams got together and reflected on what it means to collaborate meaningfully across the two divisions with a focus on student learning and progression of curriculum through the years. As this work continues through this school year, we will aim to bridge the transitions between middle school and high school more smoothly and ensure that our teachers have a shared vision of what an exceptional education looks like an international school such as CAC.

Spirit Week and StuCo Movie Night

For the students, it’s full steam ahead as we plough into next week looking forward to Spirit Week. Every day next week there will be activities during break times and lunchtimes as students engage in friendly competition between the grade levels through a variety of fun and challenging events. Kudos to our student council members who have spearheaded and led the organization of this week, assisted and supported by our student council sponsors: Dorothy Knox, Tony Knox, Ashley Gramolini, Erik Dunham, and Kasey Semler. Spirit Week is all about fun, good-hearted, friendly competition and teamwork, and fostering a sense of belonging.

StuCo includes a clothing drive as part of the week’s festivities. Parents are invited to send clothing donations to school with your child/ren any time next week.

Also, in case you might be worried about how your child may be dressing for school next week, here’s a heads up on the daily dress up themes for the week:

● Sunday: Pajama Day
● Monday: Attack of the Clones (like twin day but more!)
● Tuesday: Pop Culture Day
● Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday
● Thursday: Class Specific Theme

More immediately, the StuCo sponsored movie night is taking place here on campus tonight. It’s great to see our students organizing these fun social events for each other and long may this continue!

NESA Parents as Partners webinar series

A reminder of the opportunity to join with parents across the NESA region to hear from distinguished specialists and to explore and learn new strategies in support of your child as a learner. The second webinar in the series will take place on Tuesday 21 September and will focus on The Science of Attention. You can find more details on the NESA website here.

HS Building

The work on the HS Building continues apace. Over the last week the CAC technology team has installed SmartBoards in all classrooms and our custodial team has also moved in much of the basic classroom furniture. Hopefully it won’t be long now until we can also move the students in and start learning in this wonderful new space!

Dates for your Diary

• High School Spirit Week: 19 – 23 September. Next Week!
• Booster Club Monthly Meeting: Tuesday 21 September, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Cairo Room, Library)
• NESA Parents as Partners Webinar: The Science of Attention: Sept 21, 3:00 p.m.
• Degla Dash: Friday 24 September
• High School Student Photos: 26 – 30 September
• Principal’s Coffee: Tuesday 5 October. 9:30-10:30 a.m.
• PSAT Tests (Grade 10 & 11): Wednesday 13 October (morning)
• Quarter 1 Progress Check Reports posted on Skyward: Monday 18 October

Yours in partnership and learning,

 

Andrew Buckman               Rachel McCall
                HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

 

Counseling Department Announcements

Week of Sept. 16, 2021

Freshmen
Counselors completed Freshmen Seminar #2 with Grade 9 students this week. If students are in need of further clarification about GPA, eligibility, or how to access Maia Learning, students can reach out to their counselor at any time.

Seniors
Seniors are reminded to make their individual meeting with their counselor by the end of September.

Application workshops: Application workshop/drop-in sessions will be held at lunch, after school or during flexes at certain points throughout the semester. This will be communicated ahead of time, and students can stop by to work on applications at their own pace. A counselor will be available to answer questions as students work through their applications.

Upcoming Virtual Events
A Virtual University Fair for High Schools in Egypt will take place on Wednesday, September 29 from 5 pm to 7.30 pm, Egypt local time. This event will have universities from Europe, UK, Canada, USA, and Malaysia. Register here.

*please note this event is not facilitated by CAC*

Other Events. Counselors receive communication throughout the year regarding upcoming virtual events happening with universities around the world. Students and families can track these events on the CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage here.

 

Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
HS Counseling

General Announcements

Booster Club Monthly Meeting

This month’s Booster Club monthly meeting will take place in the Cairo Room of the Library on September 21st from 10-11. All are welcome to attend to hear what the Booster Club is up to this month.

 

Spirit Cafe

Booster Club

 

From Athletics

The 25th Mike Ross Degla Dash
Friday, September 24, 2021-Wadi Degla
Register online
Contact CAC Athletics at 2755-5406 or sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org

Dedicated to Mr. Mike Ross — former Physical Education Teacher and coach of Cairo American College who passed away after a short battle with cancer on October 23, 1995–in appreciation for his wisdom and friendship to CAC and its community. The funds raised will be donated to the National Cancer Institute in Egypt. If anyone would like to donate without taking part, then your donation is more than welcome. Please contact the Athletic Office to do so.

Volunteers: First and foremost, if you would like to volunteer your services on the day of the event please contact the Athletic Office immediately. It is important that we have your contact information in order to allocate jobs and plan accordingly.

Events:
* 2.5K individual Fun Run/Walk (families welcome)
* 5K individual Cross Country run

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021.

Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. SHARP! COVID NOTICE: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A MASK WHILE RIDING ON CAC BUSES.

CAC buses will depart from the Front Gate.

Start Time: All races will start at 9:00

Latest Return Time: CAC front gate at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Running Numbers: Will be handed out at the registration table outside the CAC front gate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. You MUST bring your own water, refreshments, and 4 safety pins (to hang your numbered bib).

Results: Will be posted on the CAC website the week following the race.

Online Registration: http://www.cacegypt.org/mikeross/register2021.php

Entry Forms: Please register online and pay to the CAC Cashier before 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Any entries after this time will be considered late and incur an extra charge accordingly!
Late Registration: There is a limited late registration on race day between 7:00-7.45 a.m. ONLY.

On-line registration fee: US$ 10 or LE 150 (will be donated to the National Cancer Institute). Payable at the cashier’s office.

Paper or late entry fee: US$ 20 or LE 300. Payable at the Front Gate on race day from 7:00 am-7:45 am

For more information please contact:
sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org
dgomaa@cacegypt.org / 27555406
snasr@cacegypt.org / 27555428

Athletics Office

 

From the Library

Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7
All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org).
o When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times

CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library

Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

Meghan Ennis
MHS Librarian

Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 9, 2021

Things continue apace here in the high school as we come to the end of the fourth week of the school year. Our sports teams are enjoying their practices (despite the heat!) and there are soon a few games coming up for them where they can test their developing skills in a competitive setting. Students also have Spirit Week, Peace Day and a Student Council hosted movie night to look forward to soon.

We have the first of our monthly Early Release Days next week on Tuesday 14th September. Students will be dismissed from campus to go home at 11:30 a.m. During the afternoon, our faculty will be working collaboratively on curriculum development. This year, we are focussing on the transition between and alignment of the curriculum between middle and high school. Teachers will work in department teams to examine and enhance this critical transition point between the two divisions. Middle and high school are often perceived as two very different educational experiences and while it is true that there are many differences, both middle school and high school teachers can learn a great deal from each other by drawing on the specific strengths of each division and applying them appropriately within their own curriculums and classrooms.

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to subscribe as a guardian to your child/ren’s Google Classrooms so that you can receive the daily or weekly email summaries. These summaries inform guardians of the work that has been set and what is still outstanding / overdue. It’s a great way to know if your child is keeping on top of their work and can facilitate concrete conversations at home about what your child is learning right now.

NESA Parents as Partners webinar series

Join with parents across the NESA region to hear from distinguished specialists and to explore and learn new strategies in support of your child as a learner. Years of research reveal that schools that partner with parents positively impact student growth and achievement. This series will address child development within the context of family and school.

The second webinar in the series will take place on Tuesday 21 September and will focus on The Science of Attention. You can find more details on the NESA website here.

IMPORTANT
To join this session, you don’t need to re-register. You may use the same link you used previously. Or, you may register again to receive a new email/link.

RE-REGISTER – ONLY IF YOU NEED A NEW LINK

Dates for your Diary

Grade 12 IB Evening: Monday 13 September. 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Theater)
Early Release Day: Tuesday 14 September. Dismissal for students at 11:30 a.m.
Student Council Movie Night: Thursday 16 September. 7:00 p.m. (MS Lawn)
High School Spirit Week: 19 – 23 September
NESA Parents as Partners Webinar: The Science of Attention: Sept 21, 3:00 p.m.
High School Student Photos: 26 – 30 September
Principal’s Coffee: Tuesday 5 October. 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Yours in partnership and learning,

 

Andrew Buckman               Rachel McCall
                HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

 

Counseling Department Announcements

Week of Sept. 9, 2021

Seniors

Thank you seniors and families for attending the Senior College Night! All presentations and information/links from the evening can be found by following the link to the CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage. There are separate pages for each country system, so feel free to explore accordingly.

Seniors should meet with their counselor between Sept. 12-30th.

Application workshops: Application workshop/drop-in sessions will be held at lunch, after school or during flexes at certain points throughout the semester. This will be communicated ahead of time, and students can stop by to work on applications at their own pace. A counselor will be available to answer questions as students work through their applications.

Freshmen

Counselors will return to Freshmen study halls next week on September 15 and 16 to discuss goals, GPA, and organizing Gmail.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Counselors receive communication throughout the year regarding upcoming virtual events happening with universities around the world. Students and families can track these events on the CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage here.

 

Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
HS Counseling

General Announcements

From The Aquatics:

Please be informed that the pool will be closed on Thursday, September 9, 2021, for the MS Welcome Back Social.

Aquatics Office

 

From Athletics

The 25th Mike Ross Degla Dash
Friday, September 24, 2021-Wadi Degla
Register online
Contact CAC Athletics at 2755-5406 or sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org

Dedicated to Mr. Mike Ross — former Physical Education Teacher and coach of Cairo American College who passed away after a short battle with cancer on October 23, 1995–in appreciation for his wisdom and friendship to CAC and its community. The funds raised will be donated to the National Cancer Institute in Egypt. If anyone would like to donate without taking part, then your donation is more than welcome. Please contact the Athletic Office to do so.

Volunteers: First and foremost, if you would like to volunteer your services on the day of the event please contact the Athletic Office immediately. It is important that we have your contact information in order to allocate jobs and plan accordingly.

Events:
* 2.5K individual Fun Run/Walk (families welcome)
* 5K individual Cross Country run

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021.

Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. SHARP! COVID NOTICE: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A MASK WHILE RIDING ON CAC BUSES.

CAC buses will depart from the Front Gate.

Start Time: All races will start at 9:00

Latest Return Time: CAC front gate at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Running Numbers: Will be handed out at the registration table outside the CAC front gate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. You MUST bring your own water, refreshments, and 4 safety pins (to hang your numbered bib).

Results: Will be posted on the CAC website the week following the race.

Online Registration: http://www.cacegypt.org/mikeross/register2021.php

Entry Forms: Please register online and pay to the CAC Cashier before 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Any entries after this time will be considered late and incur an extra charge accordingly!
Late Registration: There is a limited late registration on race day between 7:00-7.45 a.m. ONLY.

On-line registration fee: US$ 10 or LE 150 (will be donated to the National Cancer Institute). Payable at the cashier’s office.

Paper or late entry fee: US$ 20 or LE 300. Payable at the Front Gate on race day from 7:00 am-7:45 am

For more information please contact:
sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org
dgomaa@cacegypt.org / 27555406
snasr@cacegypt.org / 27555428

Athletics Office

 

From the Library

Read Books Online with the Sora App, our digital library open 24/7
All CAC patrons with a CAC google account can access our online collection of books. Read on your computer by going to soraapp.com or download the Sora App on your phone. Here are more detailed instructions on how to access Sora (note that Kindle books are not available to us in Egypt because of digital rights management). If there is a book you would like to request for Sora, please email Ms. Ennis (mennis@cacegypt.org).
o When you are asked for a Follett account, use your CAC single sign-on

Free Subscription to the New York Times

CAC patrons with a CAC Gmail account can access our school subscription to the NY Times online. Follow these detailed instructions here. Subscriptions must be renewed every year.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library

Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

Meghan Ennis
MHS Librarian

NESA Workshop

The CAC Faculty DEI Team invites parents to participate in an upcoming NESA* sponsored workshop, “Advancing the Work of Anti-Racism, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging & Social Justice in International Schools.” The six-session series runs September 22, 2021 – February 16, 2022. CAC is allowed 10 participants, and team leads Ms. Coaxum and Mr. Miller would love to have different constituencies across the school join them.
*Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools

The CAC Faculty DEI Team

Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 2, 2021

It was wonderful to welcome many parents to the first Principal’s Coffee this week. More than 60 parents attended the face-to-face session where we talked about how the school’s mission, vision and core values underpin the educational program and inform decisions in the high school. The slides I used can be accessed here.

We will continue to host these events on a monthly basis and look forward to welcoming parents to join us in thinking through some of the educational issues and topics that emerge from the school’s Strategic Plan. Our next coffee morning will be on October 5.

Back to School Night

Although an online event does not have the same community building feel as a face-to-face event, one benefit is that parents can have more flexibility in how and when they access the information shared. To that end, please note that the teachers’ introductory videos are still available for viewing on the CAC Dashboard and if you have not yet had a chance to view them, you may do so at your convenience this weekend.

Skyward Gradebook

The grade book section of Family Access will allow students and parents to view student progress each fortnight, starting at 4pm every other Thursday starting today till Sunday at 8am. This early in the semester, some courses might not have assignments posted yet. Teachers are available to speak to students face to face about progress and academic performance.

Upcoming G12 events

Our Seniors have a busy few weeks ahead of them (indeed, a busy year) and we get that off to a flying start with the Senior College Night on Tuesday 7th September. Please see more information from the Counselling team and in the email sent by Mr Simon earlier today. The following week, we invite all Grade 12 parents to attend an information evening about the IB with Mr Williams, our IB and Curriculum Coordinator.

NESA Parents as Partners webinar series

Join with parents across the NESA region to hear from distinguished specialists and to explore and learn new strategies in support of your child as a learner. Years of research reveal that schools that partner with parents positively impact student growth and achievement. This series will address child development within the context of family and school.

Webinars will take place Tuesdays twice a month, September to December, 2021 (First Semester), and January to April, 2022 (Second Semester), 4:00-5:00pm Athens, Greece, time (GMT+3 / GMT+2 as of October 31).

You can find more details on the NESA website here.

Dates for your Diary
Senior College Night: Tuesday 7 September. 4:00-8:00 p.m. (MS Auditorium/Theater)
Grade 12 IB Evening: Monday 13 September (Theater)
Early Release Day: Tuesday 14 September. Dismissal for students at 11:30 a.m.
High School Spirit Week: 19 – 23 September
High School Photos: 26 – 30 September
Principal’s Coffee: Tuesday 5 October. 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Yours in partnership and learning,

 

Andrew Buckman               Rachel McCall
                HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

 

Counseling Department Announcements

Week of Sept. 2, 2021

Seniors. All Seniors and parents are invited to attend CAC’s annual Senior College Night on Tuesday, September 7th. We are providing several different sessions between 4:15-8:00 pm. All info sessions will be held in the MS Auditorium and the Theater. The application workshops will be in the Cairo Room in the MS/HS Library. Information sessions are limited to 100 attendees. Application workshops are limited to 20 students. More information can be found on the RSVP email.
Please RSVP by Sunday, September 5.

Freshmen. This year’s first Freshmen Seminar was held this week. Counselors provided introductory information regarding counseling services, utilizing CAC’s student planner, and viewing grades on Skyward. Counselors will return to Freshmen study halls on September 15 and 16 to discuss goals, GPA, and organizing Gmail.

Scheduling appointments with your counselor.
As a reminder, students may schedule appointments with their counselor in a few different ways:

• QR codes linked to Google Calendar Appointments will be posted around campus
• Email your counselor to arrange a time
• Walk-in appointments are also available at this time

Families wishing to set up an appointment with your student’s counselor are encouraged to email or call the counseling office to schedule a suitable time.

 

Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
HS Counseling

General Announcements

From Athletics

The 25th Mike Ross Degla Dash
Friday, September 24, 2021-Wadi Degla
Register online
Contact CAC Athletics at 2755-5406 or sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org

Dedicated to Mr. Mike Ross — former Physical Education Teacher and coach of Cairo American College who passed away after a short battle with cancer on October 23, 1995–in appreciation for his wisdom and friendship to CAC and its community. The funds raised will be donated to the National Cancer Institute in Egypt. If anyone would like to donate without taking part, then your donation is more than welcome. Please contact the Athletic Office to do so.

Volunteers: First and foremost, if you would like to volunteer your services on the day of the event please contact the Athletic Office immediately. It is important that we have your contact information in order to allocate jobs and plan accordingly.

Events:
* 2.5K individual Fun Run/Walk (families welcome)
* 5K individual Cross Country run

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021.

Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. SHARP! COVID NOTICE: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A MASK WHILE RIDING ON CAC BUSES.

CAC buses will depart from the Front Gate.

Start Time: All races will start at 9:00

Latest Return Time: CAC front gate at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Running Numbers: Will be handed out at the registration table outside the CAC front gate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. You MUST bring your own water, refreshments, and 4 safety pins (to hang your numbered bib).

Results: Will be posted on the CAC website the week following the race.

Online Registration: http://www.cacegypt.org/mikeross/register2021.php

Entry Forms: Please register online and pay to the CAC Cashier before 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Any entries after this time will be considered late and incur an extra charge accordingly!
Late Registration: There is a limited late registration on race day between 7:00-7.45 a.m. ONLY.

On-line registration fee: US$ 10 or LE 150 (will be donated to the National Cancer Institute). Payable at the cashier’s office.

Paper or late entry fee: US$ 20 or LE 300. Payable at the Front Gate on race day from 7:00 am-7:45 am

For more information please contact:
sfitzgerald@cacegypt.org
dgomaa@cacegypt.org / 27555406
snasr@cacegypt.org / 27555428

Athletics Office

 

From The Aquatics- Pool Operation Time/ Open Swim.

-Sunday/ Tuesday/ Thursday. 5:00-7:00am.
-Sunday & Wednesday. 6:30-8:00pm.
-Monday & Thursday. 5:30-8:00pm.
-Tuesday 5:00-8:00 pm.
-Friday& Saturday. 9:00 am-8:00pm.

Age Group Swimming Team Practices:

For more information click here.

Aquatics Office

 

From the Library

Return your summer checkouts please

All materials checked out last school year are now due back in the library. Please return or renew as soon as possible so others may enjoy them. Students, teachers and parents should have received overdue notices via email. If you feel there has been a mistake, please let us know.

NEW BOOKS have arrived and are now on display in the library!

Come check out our new additions to the collection!

Parent Hours for the MHS Library

Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

Meghan Ennis
MHS Librarian

 

Have you heard of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at CAC? Click here to Learn more about it.
The PTO is inviting our community members to join its DEI committee. Please email cacptodei@cacegypt.org if your interested in joining the committee and/or becoming a Language Liaison.

The Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Team are beginning the work on our AIM survey, to gather information about the CAC community’s perceptions of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. There will be a survey, to be administered in October, followed by focus groups. One of the constituent groups we will survey is parents. We’d like to get parent input on the planning side, if there is anyone interested and available to work with us on this.

Planning would involve some time in the next few weeks to review documentation about the survey and at least one face-to-face meeting with us to review the focus group’s plans. Much of this could be done asynchronously. You’re also welcome to join us in our meetings – these will be on Tuesday, Sep 7, and Tuesday, Oct 5, from 3:30-5:00pm.

In partnership,

DEI Team Co-chairs
Matthew and Kamara
mmiller@cacegypt.org
kcoaxum@cacegypt.org

 

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Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of August 26, 2021

CAC High School Principal’s Notes

One of the defining features of the last week has been the warm and friendly welcome I have received from the students. I have lost count now of the number of times a student has come up to introduce themself or to ask me a question about where I’m from, or to share some thought or other that they feel like sharing. I love this! Not only does it make me feel personally welcomed, it also speaks to something much bigger about the sense of community and the values our students adhere to and model. This respectful, curious and open-minded approach to communication is a key component of an international education and an important character trait of a globally minded citizen.

Activities and Athletics have started!

It has been wonderful to see so many students come out to the season one athletics tryouts this week. Aspiring athletes in soccer, volleyball and cross country have attended three gruelling sessions this week, showcasing their skills and positive attitudes towards teamwork and friendly competition. Also getting up and running this week is our broad selection of activities and clubs. Activities such as Model United Nations, Papyrus, robotics, Green Team and Student Council, to name but a few. Please encourage your child/ren to sign up and take the opportunity to get involved in the full life of the school. The benefits for their health, fitness and mental well-being will be immediately apparent and long lasting.

Opportunities for Partnership

This year’s Back to School Night event (BTSN) will be on Wednesday 1 September and will be fully online again, as it was last year. The BTSN is an opportunity for parents to “meet” their child’s teachers and learn a little bit about the courses they are enrolled in. Each teacher will produce a short introductory video which parents will be able to view by following the links posted on the CAC Dashboard. The event will open with a live Zoom presentation at 5:00 p.m. We will send the Zoom link to you via email next week. I look forward to seeing you on Zoom at that time.

There are several other opportunities for parents to connect with each other and the school next week, both virtually and face to face here on campus. The PTO is hosting their first open meeting on Zoom on Sunday 29 August followed by a welcome coffee morning on campus for all HS families who are new to CAC on Thursday, September 2. I will be hosting the first Principal’s Coffee on Tuesday 31 August. I hope to see you at these important introductory events and meetings and look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have. (times, dates and venues are listed below).

Campus Access

CAC community members can access campus from 5:00am-7:00am and from 5:00pm-10:00pm. Parents are welcome on campus in the mornings 7:30am-8:00am and from 2:30pm onwards if planning to meet their children after school. The weight room and swimming pool have their own schedule for community use:

Weight Room Community Times:
Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Pool Operation Community Times:
Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Early morning hours Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.
The pool will be closed on Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
And open from 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for the open swim.

At this time due to the pandemic, CAC community members are not allowed to bring guests to campus.

Covid-19 Update

We are doing our part to be responsible by maintaining the layered mitigation protocols we have in place. We are asking that you maintain a level of mitigation and caution at home as well. We are in this together, and if we work in partnership we will be stronger. This is something which we learned last school year.

Spare App

Update: Cash recharge is still available at Power Plant at CSA Maadi.

Dates for your Diary

CAC PTO Meeting: 29 August 5:00 p.m. (Zoom). See the PTO flyer at the end of this blog.
Principal’s Coffee: 31 August 9:30 a.m. (MS 115). A chance to meet the new HS Principal and other parents.
Back to School Night: 1 September 5:00 p.m. (Zoom)
CAC PTO New HS Parent Coffee: 2 September. 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (MS Lawn). See the PTO flyer at the end of this blog.
Senior College Night: 7 September. 4:00-8:00 p.m. (MS Hall/Theater). More details to follow from the Counselling Team.
Grade 12 IB Evening: 13 September. More details to follow from the IB
Coordinator.
Early Release Day: 14 September. Dismissal for students at 11:30 a.m.

Yours in partnership and learning,

 

Andrew Buckman               Rachel McCall
                HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

 

Counseling Department Announcements

Week of Aug 26, 2021

Seniors. Students and parents of seniors are invited to join counselors for Senior College Night set to be held on Tuesday, September 7th, from 4-8pm. Sessions will be held in both the MS Hall and Theater, with an outdoor area for refreshments. An RSVP form as well as an itinerary will be sent soon.

Freshmen. This year’s first Freshmen Seminar will be held on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Counselors will be visiting Grade 9 students during their study halls to deliver the sessions. Students with no study hall will be contacted to arrange a separate lunch session.

Scheduling appointments with your counselor.
Students may schedule appointments with their counselor in a few different ways:

• QR codes linked to Google Calendar Appointments will be posted around campus
• Email your counselor to arrange a time
• Walk-in appointments are also available at this time

Families wishing to set up an appointment with your student’s counselor are encouraged to email or call the counseling office to schedule a suitable time.

 

Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
HS Counseling

General Announcements

From Athletics

Practice schedule of the week August 28 to September 2.

Fall Sports Practice Schedule 2021-2022

Scott Fitzgerald
Activities & Athletics Director

From the Library

Return your summer checkouts please

All materials checked out last school year are now due back in the library. Please return or renew as soon as possible so others may enjoy them. Students, teachers and parents should have received overdue notices via email. If you feel there has been a mistake, please let us know.

Parent Hours for the MHS Library

Parents are welcome in the MHS library just before and just after school to come check out books Sunday-Thursday. If you would like to spend more time in the library, please visit us on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Thank you.

Meghan Ennis
MHS Librarian

 

Booster Club Spirit Store

The hours for the Booster Club Spirit Store this week will be: 8-10am and 2:40-4:00pm daily. Come and get all of your school supplies, MS packs and spirit wear!

Booster Club

 

PTO Monthly Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84779716980?pwd=c3JoWE1yQ2w1em5uS1pKbDhxNGRvUT09

Meeting ID: 847 7971 6980
Passcode: 168709

 

CAC PTO New HS Parent Coffee

Thursday, September 2 at 8:00-9:00 a.m. (MS Lawn)

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Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of August 19, 2021

CAC High School Principal’s Notes

Dear High School Parents,

Welcome to the start of the 2021-22 school year and welcome also to the first edition of this year’s Highro-Glyphics weekly newsletter that I will send out every Thursday.

The year is off to a flying start and the wonderful, positive energy of the first two days with students on campus has continued into today. We are all enjoying seeing smiling faces and happy students back after the holiday and now the serious business of getting down to studies is getting started. By now students have visited all their classes, met all their teachers and learned about the expectations of their courses for the year ahead (or two years for the IB students), and many of them will have also signed up for some athletics and activities at the A&A Fair during lunchtime yesterday and today.

At the start of the year, I would like to celebrate our new students and faculty members who have joined the community this year. So far, we have 42 new students joining to give us a total number of just over 300 students. We have 42 different nationalities represented in the student community at the moment–a true reflection of CAC’s diversity and internationalism; two defining characteristics of which the school is very proud. We are also thrilled to welcome eight new faculty members to our team:

• Mr. David Burton – English
• Mr. Bobby Cowles – Economics and TOK
• Ms. Meghan Ennis – MS/HS Librarian
• Dr. Matthew Parnell – History and Global Politics
• Ms. Tatiana Petrovna – Aquatics Director
• Ms. Paulette Smith – Biology
• Ms. Odete Spence – Chemistry
• Mr. Brian Thorburn – Design Technology and Robotics

As I mentioned in my welcome letters last week, we are currently in Phase Three of Covid-19 mitigations, the details of which you can learn about by reading through the Covid-19 Operational Manual which is available for download on our website. It is worth familiarising yourself with the procedures and to remember that CAC will adapt and adjust as needed in response to the conditions of the pandemic here in Egypt with the aim to maintain face-to-face learning as far as possible while keeping the community as safe as possible.

Another reminder that you can access the 2021-22 Student-Parent Handbook on our website. Please take a moment to look this over and be sure to consult it if you have some specific questions about the programs, policies and procedures in the high school.

Food Vendor and Spare App info

We are happy to inform you that now:

• Sincerely V is serving food for HS and MS via online pre-ordering through the Spare app until further notice.
• Online pre-ordering is available at Zentro through the Spare app (until their booth is ready on campus).
• On-campus ordering should be allowed at Fino starting next week (Sunday). No online pre-ordering.
• Coffee Bean is serving HS students both on campus and online.
• Grecco is serving HS students on campus. No online pre-ordering.

The Spare system uses smart technology connected to a mobile application on which you will be able to recharge your son/daughter’s balance (set budget) and set a limit for their spending. Accounts may be recharged via credit card in-app or with cash on campus, at the Booster Club Spirit Store on campus. Students use their IDs to purchase items on campus, or parents may purchase items for them using the Spare app.

The menu of pre-order items from HS vendors will be available in the Spare app. To view the menu, click on “Online Store”. Orders can be placed until 7:00am the day of the pick up. Orders placed after 7:00am will not be delivered and will be refunded.

To open a Spare account and pair your child ID card, please follow the instructions sent to you via email on August 18 or click here for instructions. Please ignore these steps if your account is already paired.

Note: Zentro and Sincerely V orders will be picked up from the HS Office

Dates for your Diary

• CAC PTO Meeting: 29 August 5:00 p.m. (via Zoom). Check PTO flyer at the bottom.

• Principal’s Coffee: 31 August 9:30 a.m. A chance to meet the new HS Principal and other parents.

• Back to School Night: 1 September 5-7pm. More details to follow soon.

• Senior College Night: 7 September. More details to follow.

• Grade 12 IB Evening: 13 September. More details to follow.

We are all looking forward to a great year of learning together in partnership with you.

Sincerely,

Andrew Buckman               Rachel McCall
                HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

 

Counseling Department Announcements

Week of Aug 19, 2021

Welcome back! The CAC High School Counseling Team would like to welcome all new students and families to our community. We are looking forward to a fantastic 2021-2022 academic year! As a reminder, the counseling alpha split is based on your last name and is below:

Cameron Simon, A-E (csimon@cacegypt.org)
Claudia Bean, F-M (cbean@cacegypt.org)
Kasey Semler, N-Z (ksemler@cacegypt.org)

Scheduling appointments with your counselor.

Students may schedule appointments with their counselor a few different ways:

• QR codes linked to Google Calendar Appointments will be posted around campus
• Email your counselor to arrange a time
• Walk-in appointments are also available at this time

Families wishing to set up an appointment with your student’s counselor are encouraged to email or call the counseling office to schedule a suitable time.

Schedule Changes. Students who want to inquire about a schedule change should contact their counselor. There is a Schedule Change Request form in our office that must be filled out. Not all requests can be granted as many classes are full. Requests must be made by August 23rd, the 5th day of classes, to be considered.

Seniors: Save the Date! Tuesday, Sept. 7th. Senior College Night Kick Off. More details to come soon.

 

 

Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
HS Counseling

General Announcements

Athletic and Activities announcement:

REMINDER: Sign up is open through Sunday, August 22.

Activities and Athletics Sign up Links

Please see sign up forms for both activities and athletics below:

Activities signup form:
Activities Registration Form 2021/2022

Activities information:
HS Activities List 21/22

Sports signup form:
CAC Fall Sports Team Registration Form 2021-2022

Sports information:
CAC sports layout 2021-2022

Activities and Athletics Office

 

Swimming Sign-up

Please find the links below:

Age Group Swim Team
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xrhWs7kVnXMM4VILe4JD_AKu1P1DrVL1z1Ym_ZnIkL8/edit#

Learn To Swim Program
https://docs.google.com/document/d/16LRPBb_wNt2Wd0FfKjegslxwlAVszvZZFztWAAMgJOc/edit

Aquatics Office

 

PTO Monthly Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84779716980?pwd=c3JoWE1yQ2w1em5uS1pKbDhxNGRvUT09

Meeting ID: 847 7971 6980
Passcode: 168709

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