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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of October 22, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    There are many “thank you’s” to give this week:

    This week the seniors were back on campus as a full group for the first time since March! To celebrate, the Booster Club provided them with a week of treats: balloon arches, personalized luggage tags, ID holders, class of 2021 masks, donuts, and stickers, and cookies (this last item courtesy of the PTO). Thank you, Booster Club, for creating something special for our seniors!

    Thanks to the Booster Club also for the amazing pumpkin patches, which have made our campus festive and even more beautiful. Next week Booster Club is teaming up with Student Council to provide some “Spooktacular” Halloween fun during lunches–please see the morning announcements for details.

    Thanks to all parents for taking time to attend virtual parent/teacher conferences. A huge “thank you” to teachers, most of whom conducted well over 40 individual meetings from Monday afternoon through Tuesday.

    Thanks to the PTO for organizing last night’s Q&A with the Head of School and Principals. We hope we were able to answer your questions and address your concerns, and we appreciate all the positive comments shared at the forum.

    Thanks to the MUN student officers and their faculty advisors, who pulled off the remarkable CACMUN 42 conference online, providing a great experience for over 70 students last weekend. As students discussed real-world issues around the theme of “Embracing Change”, they produced quality resolutions and improved them through excellent debates.

    “Embracing Change” is certainly an appropriate theme for this year. Thanks to all our students for their continued resilience and perseverance in these challenging times.

    Stay safe!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● Parent-Teacher Conferences Survey
    ● Special Schedules October 25-27
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● Prophet’s Birthday Holiday
    ● Upcoming Grade Level Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● Travel for the SAT/ACT
    ● Winter Break Travel Plans

    Parent/Teacher Conferences Survey

    We welcome your feedback on Parent/Teacher conferences.
    Please click here to complete a short survey.

    Special Schedules October 25-27

    The week of October 25 is a short week, with an Early Release day on October 27 followed by a four-day weekend. In order to ensure equal time for Groups 1 and 2 and all classes, we will run special schedules next week:
    ● Sunday, October 25—Blocks A-H, Group 1 (and all seniors)
    ● Monday, October 26—Blocks A-H, Group 2 (and all seniors)
    ● Tuesday, October 27—Tutorial Tuesday online, 8:00-11:30
    The specific schedules can be found here.

    Skyward Gradebook

    Skyward is the secured student information system used at CAC. The gradebook section of Family Access allows students and parents to view student progress. With students attending classes fewer days than normal, we think students and parents can find it a useful tool.

    Prophet’s Birthday Holiday

    There will be no classes October 28-29 in celebration of the Prophet’s Birthday. Classes resume November 1. We hope everyone enjoys a safe long weekend. Please be mindful that all the social distancing rules should be followed while traveling, especially in hotels and restaurants. Practice the 4 W’s: Wash Your Hands, Wear Your Mask, Watch Your Distance, and Work Together.

    Upcoming Grade Level Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees

    We will continue to hold virtual coffees by grade level. This will allow us to discuss topics particular to each grade. We hope you are able to participate. Below is the schedule of upcoming coffees:
    ● Grade 12: Wednesday, November 4, 10:00 am
    ● Grade 11: Thursday, November 5, 10:00 am
    ● Grade 10: Sunday, November 8, 12:00 noon
    ● Grade 9: Monday, November 9, 12:00 noon

    Parents will receive a Zoom link via email on the morning of the coffee for their respective grade level.

    Health and Safety Checklist

    Please regularly review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety. It is important we do not become complacent.

    Travel for the SAT/ACT

    The cancellation of the SAT in Egypt has continued to cause great anxiety for seniors and juniors. Standardized tests are only one metric colleges and universities use to consider applicants, and many have announced they will accept (and even encourage) test optional applications. College recruiters have repeatedly confirmed this in sessions they have held for our students and parents. We strongly advise against traveling abroad to take standardized tests, especially in a time when flight cancellations and changing quarantine requirements may cause students to miss more school.

    Winter Break Travel Plans

    If you are making travel plans for the Holiday Season, a reminder that the first day of Winter Break is December 18. Students will have final exams and should not depart early. Classes will resume again on January 10.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Upcoming Virtual University Events, Visits, and Webinars

    Counselors receive many emails and invites to virtual university events happening all over the world. Students and families may now view and register for these opportunities by visiting the CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage. Upcoming CAC-specific university visits and Town Halls will also be posted here. This document will be updated regularly, and you can find it here: CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage – University Visits.

    Pomona College Town Hall

    On Monday, November 9, Pomona College will join CAC for a Virtual Town Hall. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Pomona and the value of a Liberal Arts education. More information about registration will be provided in the coming weeks.

    Seniors- The USA Early Action/Early Decision external (university) deadline is November 1st. We are on break October 27 (pm)-29 and then we return to school on Nov 1st. Therefore, all EA/ED document request forms must be submitted (online) to the counseling office ASAP (the internal deadline was Oct. 15th) so files can be sent starting today as there will be no activity of CAC sending materials over that break.

    Freshmen

    As a follow up to the freshman seminars, freshmen are reminded to complete the Learning and Productivity Assessment on Maia Learning, share their results with their counselor, and schedule an individual appointment with their counselor.

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    The Environmental Action Plan Committee

    The Environmental Action Plan Committee has taken the initiative to eliminate the use of single-use plastic on the CAC campus. As a first step, we encourage ALL faculty members and parents to bring their own cups for coffee and avoid using disposable cups. There are cups for sale in the spirit store as well If you would like to buy one!

    Environmental Action Plan Committee (c/o NHS)

     

    CAC Libraries Open This Weekend
    The CAC libraries will be open this Saturday, October 24, but closed on Saturday, October 31. Please see list of open Saturdays here.

    You can book a 30-minute appointment slot on the CAC parent dashboard’s “CAC Campus Facilities Online Booking” form. Bookings are accepted until Fridays at 7 pm and a week in advance.

    You can access the booking system through the new CAC School Stream app. Click “CAC” at the bottom of the screen, then scroll down to “Parents Dashboard.” You will be prompted to log in, which you’ll do with your parent CAC single sign on. Look for the “CAC Campus Facilities Online Booking” link and follow the prompts.

    Sora, our ebook and digital audiobook app

    With the Sora app, available on all mobile platforms, or soraapp.com, CAC students, parents and teachers can access a large and growing collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks. All you need is your CAC single sign on to log in.

    See a preview here. (Sora will ask for your Follett account. That just means your CAC single sign on.)

    Please write to librarian@cacegypt.org if you encounter any problems.

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    The Booster Club is working together with HS/MS STUCO to provide you with some SPOOKTACULAR fun next week!

    Come Sunday and Monday dressed in your favorite costumes/Spirit Wear/PJs and have some lunchtime fun on the MS field. There will be a “red carpet” for you to show off on with spooky music and other surprises. Don’t worry there will be sure to be “Treats” for all of your “Tricks”!!! There will also be “selfie” stations set up with some scary backdrops to let you spook up your social media. Can’t wait to SCARE you all there!!!

    Spirit Store Opening

    The Booster Club would like to announce the opening of the Spirit Store for all products! We are happy to now be open during every school day from 8:30-10:00am and 1:30-2:45pm. Please stop by using Gate 7 and shop through our windows. We still cannot have customers inside the store, but we will soon be offering an online catalogue of all of our products for you to make your list at home and bring to the Spirit Store for us to fill! Come on by and shop for spirit wear, lunch box items and school supplies (as well as masks and PE uniforms). We can’t wait to see you at the Store!

    The Booster Club 

     

    PTO Monthly Meeting for OCTOBER

    Join us to find out the latest and greatest at our next PTO Monthly Meeting for OCTOBER – held LIVE and virtually!

    Zoom PTO Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/99506497883?pwd=d2NxNDFML25VQ01aM25vTitNeU9LQT09
    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883 / Passcode: 353379

    PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of October 15, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    This week the campus had a very different feel, as High School students began staying after school for pre-season conditioning, sophomores and juniors took the Pre-ACT and PSAT exams, and MUN students geared up for CACMUN 42. It was wonderful to feel the positive energy on campus, and we hope that energy grows as we continue our phased reopening.

    As I said at the grade level parent coffees and a senior class meeting this week, the success of that reopening will continue to depend on what students do off campus. Please encourage your children to think and act carefully in social situations, and make sure your family practices the 4 W’s: Wash Your Hands, Wear Your Mask, Watch Your Distance, and Work Together.

    We are looking forward to welcoming our seniors back to campus for four days a week starting Sunday. Rumor has it the Booster Club has some nice surprises in store for them.

    Stay safe!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    • CACMUN 42
    • Skyward Gradebook
    • Progress Reports
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences
    • Special Schedules October 25-27
    • Prophet’s Birthday Holiday
    • Health and Safety Checklist
    • NESA Parents as Partners Webinars
    • Travel for the SAT/ACT
    • Winter Break Travel Plans

    CACMUN 42

    The Model United Nations (MUN) club provides a challenging and enriching forum for students to discuss current international issues and to view those issues from different perspectives. Over 70 CAC students will participate in this year’s conference, which will take place virtually on Friday and Saturday. Students will debate topics around the theme of “Embracing Change”, with a focus on finding viable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

    Skyward Gradebook

    Skyward is the secured student information system used at CAC. The gradebook section of Family Access allows students and parents to view student progress. With students attending classes fewer days than normal, we think students and parents can find it a useful tool. Skyward will remain open for student and parent viewing until the morning of October 18, when progress reports will be completed.

    Progress Reports

    Mid-semester narrative progress reports will be available on Skyward on October 19. Instructions for accessing the reports will be sent when they are posted. Please be aware that this progress report represents the grades to date at the half-way mark of the semester. All students will be provided with narrative feedback on this progress report, which we hope you as parents find helpful. The reports provide a reference for parent/teacher conferences. Please note this progress report is used to determine athletic/activity eligibility and academic probation.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held online after school on Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20. Parent booking of conferences started on October 11 via Skyward. Update: Please note that the deadline for parents to book conferences will be end of the day on Saturday, October 17. Instructions for how to book meetings have been sent in a separate email. There will be no Tutorial Day that week, as students will be encouraged to attend conferences with their parents online. Some teachers may also require students participation in conferences.

    Special Schedules October 25-27

    The week of October 25 is a short week, with an Early Release day on October 27 followed by a four-day weekend. In order to ensure equal time for Groups 1 and 2 and all classes, we will run special schedules that week:
    ● Sunday, October 25—Blocks A-H, Group 1 (and all seniors)
    ● Monday, October 26—Blocks A-H, Group 2 (and all seniors)
    ● Tuesday, October 27—Tutorial Tuesday online, 8:00-11:30
    The specific schedules can be found here.

    Prophet’s Birthday Holiday

    There will be no classes October 28-29 in celebration of the Prophet’s Birthday. Classes resume November 1. We hope everyone enjoys a safe long weekend. Please be mindful that all the same social distancing rules should be followed while traveling, especially in hotels and restaurants.

    Health and Safety Checklist

    Please regularly review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety. It is important we do not become complacent.

    NESA Parents as Partners Webinars

    NESA, the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, has been hosting a webinar series allowing parents “to hear from distinguished specialists and to explore and learn new strategies in support of your child as a learner.” I have heard good reviews from our parent community. CAC is a NESA member school, and parents can register for the series with Zoom HERE.

    Travel for the SAT/ACT

    The cancellation of the SAT in Egypt has continued to cause great anxiety for seniors and juniors. Standardized tests are only one metric colleges and universities use to consider applicants, and many have announced they will accept (and even encourage) test optional applications. College recruiters have repeatedly confirmed this in sessions they have held for our students and parents. We strongly advise against traveling abroad to take standardized tests, especially in a time when flight cancellations and changing quarantine requirements may cause students to miss more school.

    Winter Break Travel Plans

    If you are making travel plans for the Holiday Season, a reminder that the first day of Winter Break is December 18. Students will have final exams and should not depart early. Classes will resume again on January 10.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Upcoming College Virtual Visit for our CAC HS families:

    Join us for a Virtual Town Hall with the University of Michigan on Wednesday, October 21st at 6:00 pm. Learn about what it is like to be part of the student community at a top public research institution in the Midwest of the US that has NCAA Division 1 sports and is in one of the best college towns around! Register here: U of M Virtual Session
    Registration will close at 4:30 PM on the 21st. The webinar link will be sent to your CAC email at 5 PM on the day of the webinar.

    Seniors

    CAC Application Internal Deadlines. A reminder that the counseling office has internal deadlines for all applications being submitted. This is to ensure there is ample time for the counseling team to submit official documents on the student’s behalf. For example, The US Early Action/Early Decision internal deadline is Oct. 15th. Applications are to be polished and ready to be sent to the universities by October 15, for any school with a November 1st deadline.

    Freshmen

    As a follow up to the freshman seminars, freshmen are reminded to complete the Learning and Productivity Assessment on Maia Learning, share their results with their counselor, and schedule an individual appointment with their counselor.

    Student Appointments

    As seniors will be back on campus 4 days a week starting next week, we ask that students continue to book appointments with their counselor, and avoid walk-in appointments as much as possible. This is to ensure we continue following proper Covid-19 mitigation procedures. Students are encouraged to book appointments using the online booking system. QR codes are posted around campus and the daily announcements also have the links.

    Last names A-E: Mr. Simon
    Last names F-M: Ms. Bean
    Last Names N-Z: Mr. Semler

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Fall Sports Conditioning

    Following proper mitigation guidelines, CAC has started fall sports conditioning for student athletes by sport. It is nice to see volleyball, soccer and cross country boys and girls back in action. Go CAC Screaming Eagles!, #whereelsebutCAC, #CACturns75

    https://www.facebook.com/CairoAmericanCollegeAthleticsActivities

    Scott Fitzgerald
    Activities & Athletics Director

     

    CAC Libraries Open This Weekend
    The CAC libraries will be open for community this Saturday and October 23. Please see list of open Saturdays here.

    Please book a 30-minute appointment slot on the CAC parent dashboard’s “CAC Campus Facilities Online Booking” form. Bookings are accepted until Fridays at 7 pm.

    You can access the booking system through the new CAC School Stream app. Click “CAC” at the bottom of the screen, then scroll down to “Parents Dashboard.” You will be prompted to log in, which you’ll do with your parent CAC single sign on. Look for the “CAC Campus Facilities Online Booking” link and follow the prompts.

    Sora, our ebook and digital audiobook app

    With the Sora app, available on all mobile platforms, or soraapp.com, CAC students, parents and teachers can access a large and growing collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks. All you need is your CAC single sign on to log in.

    See a preview here. (Sora will ask for your Follett account. That just means your CAC single sign on.)

    Please write to librarian@cacegypt.org if you encounter any problems.

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    Spirit Store Opening

    The Booster Club would like to announce the opening of the Spirit Store for all products! We are happy to now be open during every school day from 8:30-10:00am and 1:30-2:45pm. Please stop by using Gate 7 and shop through our windows. We still cannot have customers inside the store, but we will soon be offering an online catalogue of all of our products for you to make your list at home and bring to the Spirit Store for us to fill! Come on by and shop for spirit wear, lunch box items and school supplies (as well as masks and PE uniforms). We can’t wait to see you at the Store!

    WELCOME BACK TO OUR SENIORS!!! The Booster Club is so happy to have our seniors back on campus 4 days a week. Seniors, look out for a special Booster Club “SENIOR SURPRISE” every day next week! Go Class of 2021!

    The Booster Club 

     

    Coming up! Join us at this school-wide LIVE Virtual Event! Our Head of School and all Principals will be there to answer questions from the PTO community. Please email questions in advance to cacpto@cacegypt.org.

    Advanced questions are encouraged and will be given priority, but if time allows in the 1-hour session, we will take questions from the Zoom Chat feature. Note that we have learned from our previous Q & A and have now planned capacity for up to 500 attendees. Typed transcript will follow.

    Zoom Meeting Link https://fundforteachers.zoom.us/j/96115447581?pwd=bzFLNW9STTdOM2dmenkzMUYvaWt6Zz09
    Meeting ID: 961 1544 7581 / Passcode: 499561

    Welcome to the CAC TALKS PTO Archives! Below you will find a link to a document holding the recent recorded CAC Talks session, compiled notes, and additional resources.

    “COVID-19: Mental Wellness” – Dr Anne Justus, September 8, 2020 (recording only): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IHuZQNNHx1uCrfEMm0Aw2B6eLEvBfjES/view?usp=sharing

    “Talking [to Kids] About Feminism” – Dr. Jason Beckett, September 30, 2020:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_-QKrljYSU1qKjvoABJUsnbV5j5RBF9VK6ug8tlFKlA/edit?usp=sharing

    “Depression in Children & Adolescents” – Dr. Anne Justus, October 6, 2020:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zoIhVFfIbEQRRQYnTSom5ezM328h78nzk7Y7Lhw__Wc/edit?usp=sharing

    Please contact cacpto@cacegypt.org if you have any questions.

    PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of October 7, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    October is a busy month, as you will see in the “Highlights” below. With progress reports on the horizon, it can also be a stressful time for students. The pandemic and all the bad news that comes with it certainly add to the stress. Please check in with your child about how they are doing. Remember also that sometimes when they come to you to vent frustration, they are not necessarily looking for advice or help, but just that chance to vent.

    Sometimes, though, they do want advice. Here is a helpful piece–written for teenagers–with tips on how to protect their emotional well-being (New York Times, Sept. 29).

    As we begin to offer more activities on campus, we hope to provide students with learning opportunities and as much normalcy as possible, while maintaining the mitigation efforts needed to keep students and staff safe. Thank you for your continued support of those efforts, and for reinforcing those efforts at home.

    Stay safe!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● Grade Level Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees
    ● October 8 Holiday
    ● Pre-ACT/PSAT
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● Progress Reports
    ● Parent-Teacher Conferences
    ● CACMUN 42
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● NESA Parents as Partners Webinars

    Grade Level Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees

    Next week we will be holding virtual coffees by grade level. This will allow us to discuss topics particular to each grade. We hope you are able to participate. Below is the schedule:

    ● Grade 12: Sunday, October 11, 12:00 noon
    ● Grade 11: Monday, October 12, 12:00 noon
    ● Grade 10: Tuesday, October 13, 10:00 am
    ● Grade 9: Thursday, October 15, 10:00 am

    Parents will receive a Zoom link via email on the morning of the coffee for their respective grade level.

    October 8 Holiday

    CAC will celebrate the Armed Forces holiday on Thursday, October 8. We hope you and your family have an enjoyable and safe three-day weekend.

    Pre-ACT/PSAT

    On Wednesday, October 14, all sophomores will take the Pre-ACT exam on campus. All juniors will take the PSAT on campus. More details will be announced next week. The rotation for the week of October 11 will be as follows:

    Sunday, Oct. 11: A1
    Monday, Oct. 12: A2
    Tuesday, Oct. 13: E1
    Wednesday, Oct. 14: Grade 10 Pre-ACT, Grade 11 PSAT,
    Grades 9 and 12 Tutorial Day
    Thursday, Oct. 15: E2

    Skyward Gradebook

    Skyward is the secured student information system used at CAC. The gradebook section of Family Access allows students and parents to view student progress. With students attending classes fewer days than normal, we think students and parents can find it a useful tool. Skyward will remain open for student and parent viewing until the morning of October 18, when progress reports will be completed. Though teachers will update grades regularly, they are not expected to update grades continuously, and students should keep track of their own assignments and progress.

    Progress Reports

    Mid semester narrative progress reports will be available on October 19. Please be aware that this progress report represents the grades to date at the half-way mark of the semester. All students will be provided with narrative feedback on this progress report, which we hope you as parents find helpful. The reports provide a reference for parent/teacher conferences. Please note this progress report is used to determine athletic/activity eligibility and academic probation.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held online after school on Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20. On October 11, parents will be able to start scheduling appointments. Instructions for how to book meetings will be sent in a separate email. There will be no Tutorial Day that week, as students will be encouraged to attend conferences with their parents online. Some teachers may also require students participation in conferences.

    CACMUN 42

    The Model United Nations (MUN) club provides a challenging and enriching forum for students to discuss current international issues and to view those issues from different perspectives. Over 50 CAC students will participate in this year’s conference, which will take place virtually October 16-17. Students will debate topics around the theme of “Embracing Change”, with a focus on finding viable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

    Health and Safety Checklist

    Please regularly review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety. It is important we do not become complacent.

    NESA Parents as Partners Webinars

    NESA, the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, has been hosting a webinar series allowing parents “to hear from distinguished specialists and to explore and learn new strategies in support of your child as a learner.” I have heard good reviews from our parent community. CAC is a NESA member school, and parents can register for the series with Zoom HERE.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    PSAT and Pre-ACT Exams – October 14th

    On October 14th all 11th Graders will take the PSAT exam and all 10th Graders will take the Pre-ACT exam. Students will enter CAC through the Back Gate on the 14th. Students in Group 1 will take the exam in the MS Building. Students in Group 2 will take the exam in the Admin and ES Buildings. Additional information will be sent to students via email. Students are encouraged to contact their counselor if they have any questions.

    Upcoming Webinar for Parents

    Thursday, October 8th, 7:00 pm Cairo Time.
    Helping Parents Support Their Children’s Well-Being During Distance Learning
    More information, and the registration link, can be found here.

    Upcoming Town Hall

    Monday, October 12, at 7:30 pm Cairo time
    will host a session specifically for CAC students about applying to the UC system and their new test optional policy. Please register here to get the Zoom link.

    CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage

    Now available in the CAC single sign-on for students and families in grades 11-12, the CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage. On this webpage you will find senior night programming information, including instructional videos and information for when students are applying to universities in the United States, UK, and Canada. Please also be sure to watch the videos on financial aid for US universities and how students should upload their university list to Maia Learning. Please utilize this webpage and feel free to leave feedback/suggestions by filling out the form embedded in the home page.

    For students/families in grades 11-12, the link should be on your single sign on. An example of what it might look like for you is below:

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    CAC Libraries Closed October 10

    The CAC libraries will be closed this Saturday. They will open again for community use on October 17. Please see list of open Saturdays here.

    To book your 30-minute appointment slot on the CAC parent dashboard’s “Campus Facilities Online Booking” form for October 17, you will need to wait until October 10, as the system accepts reservations up to a week in advance.

    Sora, our ebook and digital audiobook app

    With the Sora app, available on all mobile platforms, or soraapp.com, CAC students, parents and teachers can access a large and growing collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks. All you need is your CAC single sign on to log in.

    See a preview here. (Sora will ask for your Follett account. That just means your CAC single sign on.)

    Please write to librarian@cacegypt.org if you encounter any problems.

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    The Booster Club Spirit Store Limited Opening

    The Booster Club Spirit Store would like to announce a limited opening until our online store is ready. For the next week we will open our on-campus shop in a Covid-safe manner. We will be selling 3 products:

    PE UNIFORMS (limit 2 per child),
    MASKS (limit 6 per family),
    PTO DESK CALENDARS

    The schedule for opening will be 8:30-11:30am daily. Please line up outside Gate 7 that is beside the Spirit Store (it will be marked). The gate will be opened at 8:30am and we will allow 3 people inside the gate to shop with a provided order form. You will receive your items and pay through 2 open windows (only Booster Club Volunteers will be allowed inside the store).

    Payments accepted are: USD, EGP and USD checks (from a US bank). Please respect the rules so that we are able to remain open for our community. Please go to the Booster Club’s Facebook page to see mask designs. Thanks so much for your support!

    The Booster Club 

     

    Let’s put our ideas together “THE IDEAS TANK”

    Get Inspired by others! The below are some amazing ideas that were submitted earlier in response to the question; “How can we contribute to the community while maintaining physical distance & managing our own safety? explain by giving examples.”

    1. Stay healthy and improve your immune system during covid-19 cooking class. Also learning quick, easy healthy meals for University. (done on zoom). – HS Student
    2. Organize useful zoom talks, provide value through meaningful, yet safe involvement in community service, promote togetherness through projects that can be taken online, meet in small groups outside. – Parent
    3. We can plan online and act in a small group that can go to different organizations. – Staff
    4. Making a list of the best quality arts and crafts shops in and around Maadi made by disadvantaged people in our community. – Faculty
    5. Maybe we can make a “love of wings”, a cloth that has two wings, each wing is one meter long, so it can keep the social distance. – MS Student

    A NEW Question!
    Proposed by a HS student
    “What is your experience with initiating or participating in service projects in the Maadi/Cairo community?”. Click here to send your ideas: THE IDEAS TANK.
    If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ereeny Gawdat, Service-Learning Coordinator, egergess@cacegypt.org.

    Service Learning Office

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of October 1, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    Thanks to everyone who made it to the Virtual Coffee this week, as well as to the meeting for parents of seniors. I do hope we were able to answer your questions and provide some helpful advice. The next Principal’s Coffee is scheduled for November 18, but we will be holding grade-level meetings for parents every two to three weeks. We will announce the dates and times in this weekly newsletter. We think it is important to keep channels of communication open, and we hope you will be able to participate.

    Thanks also to the 11th and 12th grade students who supported the counseling team with their Freshmen Seminar on Tuesday. The students gave great advice to the 9th graders about how to be successful in a blended learning environment: get enough sleep, keep a regular work schedule, find a distraction-free space to work. All of that will be particularly important in October, which is a busy month!

    This week we rolled out some socially-distanced athletic activities for students to enjoy at lunch. Thanks to Ms. McCall and the several teachers who helped put it together.

    Stay safe!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● NESA Parents as Partners Webinars
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● Upcoming Tutorial Day Changes
    ● October 8 Holiday
    ● Pre-ACT/PSAT
    ● Parent-Teacher Conferences
    ● Health and Safety Checklist

    NESA Parents as Partners Webinars

    NESA, the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, has been hosting a webinar series allowing parents “to hear from distinguished specialists and to explore and learn new strategies in support of your child as a learner.” I have heard good reviews from our parent community. CAC is a NESA member school, and parents can register for the series with Zoom HERE.

    Skyward Gradebook

    Skyward is the secured student information system used at CAC. The gradebook section of Family Access allows students and parents to view student progress. With students attending classes fewer days than normal, we think students and parents can find it a useful tool. We will open Skyward the morning of Sunday, October 4 and leave it open until the morning of October 18, when progress reports will be completed. Though teachers will update grades regularly, they are not expected to update grades continuously, and students should keep track of their own assignments and progress.

    Upcoming Tutorial Day Changes

    The Armed Forces Holiday, the PSAT/Pre-ACT exams, and Parent Teacher Conferences will all affect upcoming Tutorial Days. Please see the respective announcements below.

    October 8 Holiday

    As Dr. Harris has announced, CAC will celebrate the Armed Forces holiday on Thursday, October 8. There will be no tutorial day that week. The rotation for the week will proceed as follows:

    Sunday, Oct. 4: A1
    Monday, Oct. 5: A2
    Tuesday, Oct. 6: E1
    Wednesday, Oct. 7: E2

    Pre-ACT/PSAT

    On Wednesday, October 14, all sophomores will take the Pre-ACT exam on campus. All juniors will take the PSAT on campus. More details will be announced next week. The rotation for the week of October 11 will be as follows:

    Sunday, Oct. 11: A1
    Monday, Oct. 12: A2
    Tuesday, Oct. 13: E1
    Wednesday, Oct. 14: Grade 10 Pre-ACT, Grade 11 PSAT,
    Grades 9 and 12 Tutorial Day
    Thursday, Oct. 15: E2

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held online after school on Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20. On October 11, parents will be able to start scheduling appointments. Instructions for how to book meetings will be sent next week. There will be no Tutorial Day that week, as students will be encouraged to attend conferences with their parents online.

    Health and Safety Checklist

    Please regularly review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety. It is important we do not become complacent.

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    October 1
    Covid-19 Wellness Resources

    Families, please take a look at Center4Health for ideas and resources for managing wellness during the global pandemic.

    Save the Dates:

    Monday, October 5 at 5:00 pm Cairo Time
    Boston University will be virtually visiting CAC to provide some essay writing tips, the best way to apply during a global pandemic, and to provide an overview of BU.
    Please register directly by clicking here: BU Visit to CAC.
    The link to join the event will be sent to you after you submit the registration form.

    Monday, October 5th at 5:30 pm Cairo Time.
    University of Toronto will have an open webinar for any senior or junior students in Cairo as U of Toronto will be going through the application process, admission requirements, and general information about the undergraduate programs at the University of Toronto. Learn more and register here! This particular event is not facilitated by CAC.

    Monday, Oct. 12th at 7:30 pm Cairo time
    University of California, Davis, will host a session specifically for CAC students about applying to the UC system and their new test optional policy. Registration details will be sent out next week.

    Standardized Testing Update

    As you know, the SAT in Egypt is cancelled for the 2020-21 application season, and the ACT is limited. 1,550 US universities are test optional for this year’s cycle and beyond. However, we know some parents are planning ahead for their younger students who may want to take part in a test prep course for future years. We want to make you aware of an opportunity to pursue test prep- which is online for now- and can resume in person here at CAC post pandemic. Higher Ground Learning offers standardized test prep options for CAC students, including 1-on-1 tutoring and small online classrooms. All of their services start with a free consultation; contact colton@highergroundlearning.com to craft an approach that fits your timeline and goals.

    CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage

    Now available in the CAC single sign-on for students and families in grades 11-12, the CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage. On this webpage you will find senior night programming information, including instructional videos and information for when students are applying to universities in the United States, UK, and Canada. Please also be sure to watch the videos on financial aid for US universities and how students should upload their university list to Maia Learning. Please utilize this webpage and feel free to leave feedback/suggestions by filling out the form embedded in the home page.

    For students/families in grades 11-12, the link should be on your single sign on. An example of what it might look like for you is below:

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Student Physical Reminder for 2020/2021

    Completed physicals are accepted at the health office, by email at cgallagher@cacegypt.org or nosama@cacegypt.org or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.

    https://www.cacegypt.org/PDF/Student_Physician_form.pdf

    CAC Health Office

    Athletics

    2020, CAC Fall Sports Conditioning Sessions- High School Students

    CAC will start a fall sports conditioning program while still in phase 1 of the CAC reopening plan. The option will start for HS student athletes (G9-12) in volleyball, soccer, and cross country. Sessions will run with PE class mitigation procedures. The program will prepare students for a possible phase 2 move where mitigated sports practice sessions will start.

    Sport conditioning times:
    Group 1: Sunday and Wednesday, 3:15-4:15 pm
    Group 2: Monday and Thursday, 3:15- 4:15 pm

    Timeline:
    • Sunday/Monday, October 4 and 5- online sign up period.
    • Tuesday, October 6- Create pods of students for sessions.
    • Wednesday, October 7- Set schedule/determine logistics for sessions.
    • Sunday, October 11- start fall sports conditioning sessions for group 1 students
    • Monday, October 12- start fall sports conditioning sessions for group 2 students
    • Pre-season conditioning program in sport specific groups.
    • This is not the beginning of the season 1 athletic program.

    See the following link for information by sport:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C9mFKI-7tRTYJarZGosxPHTvCClCZRh_jUGkZasS0Qc/edit

    Sign up at the following link on Sunday and Monday, October 4 and 5. Please complete the signup process by midnight on October 5:
    https://forms.gle/3hawLQ8aocFdVY6W6

    (link will be open on Sunday morning through Monday at midnight)

    Scott Fitzgerald
    Activities & Athletics Director 

     

    Open Saturdays in October

    The CAC libraries will be open on Saturdays on October 3, 17 and 24.

    Please book a 30-minute appointment slot on the CAC parent dashboard’s: Campus Facilities Online Booking” form by 7 pm on Friday evening. You will need an appointment to enter campus and the libraries.

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    The Booster Club Spirit Store would like to announce a limited opening coming October
    4th until our online store is ready. For the next two weeks we will open our on-campus
    shop in a Covid-safe manner. We will be selling 3 products:

    PE UNIFORMS (limit 2 per child)
    MASKS (limit 6 per family)
    PTO DESK CALENDARS

    The schedule for opening will be 8:30-11:30am and go by last name. PLEASE come on the day of the first letter of your last name as to avoid large groups. Here is the schedule:

    Sunday, October 4 – Last Name A-F
    Monday, October 5 – Last Name G-L
    Tuesday, October 6 – Last Name M-R
    Wednesday, October 7 – Last Name S-Z
    Thursday, October 8 – School Holiday

    Please line up outside Gate 7 that is beside the Spirit Store (it will be marked). The gate will be opened at 8:30am and we will allow 3 people inside the gate to shop with a provided order form. You will receive your items and pay through 2 open windows (only Booster Club Volunteers will be allowed inside the store).

    Payments accepted are: USD, EGP and USD checks (from a US bank). Please respect the rules so that we are able to remain open for our community. Please go to the Booster Club’s Facebook page to see mask designs. Thanks so much
    for your support!

    The Booster Club 

     

    Let’s put our ideas together “THE IDEAS TANK”

    Get Inspired by others! The below are some amazing ideas that were submitted earlier in response to the question; “How can we contribute to the community while maintaining physical distance & managing our own safety? explain by giving examples.”

    1. Stay healthy and improve your immune system during covid-19 cooking class. Also learning quick, easy healthy meals for University. (done on zoom). – HS Student
    2. Organize useful zoom talks, provide value through meaningful, yet safe involvement in community service, promote togetherness through projects that can be taken online, meet in small groups outside. – Parent
    3. We can plan online and act in a small group that can go to different organizations. – Staff
    4. Making a list of the best quality arts and crafts shops in and around Maadi made by disadvantaged people in our community. – Faculty
    5. Maybe we can make a “love of wings”, a cloth that has two wings, each wing is one meter long, so it can keep the social distance. – MS Student

    A NEW Question!
    Proposed by a HS student
    “What is your experience with initiating or participating in service projects in the Maadi/Cairo community?”. Click here to send your ideas: THE IDEAS TANK.
    If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ereeny Gawdat, Service-Learning Coordinator, egergess@cacegypt.org.

    Service Learning Office

     

    PTO  CAC Talks

    Salma Zaky is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting:
    https://fundforteachers.zoom.us/j/91240179957?pwd=dmdwRW55aFVxLzBHMGhvTndCTElUQT09

    Meeting ID: 912 4017 9957
    Passcode: 866934

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 24, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    Monday was the Peace Day. This year the UN asked the world to “Celebrate the International Day of Peace by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.” We commemorated Peace Day with a lunchtime performance by our Middle and High School strings class. The arts remain a vital way for us to express our emotions and develop empathy, which is always important, but especially so in these times. Thank you to our talented strings students for sharing their beautiful music with us.

    We have now finished Week 5 of our Blended Learning Program. It is important to remember that it is a new learning environment for everyone, and it is still early in its implementation. One benefit of such a platform is that it fosters a student’s ability to learn independently, though that takes time to develop. As your student begins to encounter more difficult material, they may become frustrated, but with perseverance they can learn to take responsibility for their learning, advocate for themselves, and improve their time management. These are skills that will serve them well beyond high school.

    I have had the good fortune to be a guest teacher in a few classes recently (Economics and English, specifically). It was very fun! But it was the first time I had taught a class with all our mitigation measures, and I found that masks certainly present a challenge for teachers and students. It is more tiring to speak with a mask, and harder to project one’s voice. No one ever has a problem hearing me, but students have a harder time being heard. That being said, it is very important that everyone wear masks, as research has shown it to be one of the simplest, most effective measures in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    Of course, we would all like to see our students on campus full-time when it is possible and safe to do so. To that end, I would like to reiterate the message I sent last week: to maintain the momentum of our campus reopening, we all have a responsibility to practice mitigation when we are away from campus. There are numerous tricks we can all use to remember what to do. Two such mnemonic devices I have found helpful come from Japan:

    Avoid the 3 C’s: Crowds, Closed Spaces, Close Conversations

    Practice the 4 W’s: Wash Your Hands, Wear Your Mask, Watch Your Distance, and Work Together.

    Stay safe!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● Principal’s Virtual Coffee
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● HS Yearbook Photos Next Week
    ● Upcoming Tutorial Day Changes
    ● October 8 Holiday
    ● Pre-ACT/PSAT
    ● Parent-Teacher Conferences
    ● Activities During Lunch (see announcements)
    ● Health and Safety Checklist

    Principal’s Virtual Coffee

    Join us for a principal’s virtual coffee Tuesday, September 29 at 2:00 pm. Topics will include updates to our learning platform, how to keep students motivated in trying times, and various other concerns. Parents will receive a Zoom link via email on Tuesday morning.

    Skyward Gradebook

    Skyward is the secured student information system used at CAC. The gradebook section of Family Access allows students and parents to view student progress each fortnight. It will be open from today after school until Sunday morning. Teachers are available to speak to students in person and on Tutorial Tuesdays about progress and academic performance.

    The next Skyward opening date is October 7, as October 8 is now a holiday.

    HS Yearbook Photos Next Week

    Yearbook photos for students in grades 9-11 are taking place Sunday-Monday, September 27-28 and Wednesday-Thursday, September 30-October 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Library (change of location). All students in grades 9-11 will have their pictures taken during study hall and flex. Grade 9 will be accompanied by teachers during their study hall periods. Grades 10-11 who are on flex should sign in for flex then have their pictures taken. Students without a flex will have their pictures taken during lunch.

    Students wishing to purchase school photos must fill out this form High School Photography 2020/21. All payments should be delivered directly to the photographer.

    Purchasing photos is optional, but all students in grades 9-11 must have their photo taken for the purpose of publication in the annual High School Yearbook. Students in Grade 12 may arrange to have their own photos taken according to requirements that will be sent by Ms. Salmawy.

    Upcoming Tutorial Day Changes

    The Armed Forces Holiday, the PSAT/Pre-ACT exams, and Parent Teacher Conferences will all affect upcoming Tutorial Days. Please see the respective announcements below.

    October 8 Holiday

    As Dr. Harris has announced, CAC will celebrate the Armed Forces holiday on Thursday, October 8. There will be no tutorial day that week. The rotation for the week will proceed as follows:

    Sunday, Oct. 4: A1
    Monday, Oct. 5: A2
    Tuesday, Oct. 6: E1
    Wednesday, Oct. 7: E2

    Pre-ACT/PSAT

    On Wednesday, October 14, all sophomores will take the Pre-ACT exam on campus. All juniors will take the PSAT on campus. More details will be announced next week. The rotation for the week of October 11 will be as follows:

    Sunday, Oct. 11: A1
    Monday, Oct. 12: A2
    Tuesday, Oct. 13: E1
    Wednesday, Oct. 14: Grade 10 Pre-ACT, Grade 11 PSAT,
    Grades 9 and 12 Tutorial Day
    Thursday, Oct. 15: E2

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held online after school on Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20. More information will be sent next week. There will be no Tutorial Day that week, as students will be encouraged to attend conferences with their parents online.

    Activities During Lunch

    Next week we will begin offering recreational activities during lunch. Look for details in next week’s morning announcements.

    Health and Safety Checklist

    Please regularly review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety. It is important we do not become complacent.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Senior College Meetings: Reminder- Seniors need to have their senior college meetings by September 30.

    Standardized Testing Update

    As you know, the SAT in Egypt is cancelled for the 2020-21 application season, and the ACT is limited. 1,550 US universities are test optional for this year’s cycle and beyond. However, we know some parents are planning ahead for their younger students who may want to take part in a test prep course for future years. We want to make you aware of an opportunity to pursue test prep- which is online for now- and can resume in person here at CAC post pandemic. Higher Ground Learning offers standardized test prep options for CAC students, including 1-on-1 tutoring and small online classrooms. All of their services start with a free consultation; contact colton@highergroundlearning.com to craft an approach that fits your timeline and goals.

    Juniors and Seniors

    Save the date! September 29, 2020
    CAC Hosted Town Hall – Purdue University
    Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00PM
    An admissions representative from Purdue University will join students and families of Cairo to provide an overview of what Purdue has to offer. This will be a 20 minute info session followed by a 10 minute Q&A. Registration details will follow.

    CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage

    Now available in the CAC single sign-on for students and families in grades 11-12, the CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage. On this webpage you will find senior night programming information, including instructional videos and information for when students are applying to universities in the United States, UK, and Canada. Please also be sure to watch the videos on financial aid for US universities and how students should upload their university list to Maia Learning. Please utilize this webpage and feel free to leave feedback/suggestions by filling out the form embedded in the home page. You will find the link at the top of your single sign-on.

    For students/families in grades 11-12, the link should be on your single sign on. An example of what it might look like for you is below:

    Upcoming External Webinars and Virtual Events

    This event is not affiliated with CAC

    Join Butler University, Creighton University, Florida Institute of Technology, Johnson and Wales University, Kansas State University, University at Albany, SUNY, University at Pittsburgh, University of Texas Arlington at 4:00pm-6:00pm on Monday, September 28th. This session, hosted by Consultants for Educational Opportunities (CEO), will be taking a look at college application do’s and don’ts, the admissions process as a whole, scholarships, STEM Careers, and general Covid-19 updates. You can register by following this link.

    A reminder students and families can check on Maia Learning under the ‘University Visits’ tab for all upcoming virtual events, webinars, and university visits.

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Student Physical Reminder for 2020/2021

    Completed physicals are accepted at the health office, by email at cgallagher@cacegypt.org or nosama@cacegypt.org or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.

    https://www.cacegypt.org/PDF/Student_Physician_form.pdf

    CAC Health Office

     

    CAC libraries on Saturdays

    As we get ready to allow the ES students in to the library to browse and checkout, we have made more changes to the ES library. For our parents who visit the ES library on Saturdays, please expect the library to look a little different. Signs on the door will outline the set up for students during the week and for parents on Saturdays. You can preview the poster here.

    The MHS library will remain the same.

    To make a 30 minute appointment to visit our libraries on Saturdays, please log in to the CAC dashboard and look for the box “Campus Facilities Online Booking.”

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    Booster Club

    The Booster Club has been working hard with CAC’s IT department to get our online Spirit Store up and running. We appreciate your patience while we finish up with the final adjustments. We will be sure to widely advertise when the Spirit Store is ready for business. We will be offering a vast array of products including: PE uniforms, masks, spirit wear and school supplies. The Spirit Store will offer the options of both safe curbside pick-up and delivery (within Maadi). We appreciate your understanding with this new endeavor that the Booster Club is undertaking. We are sure it will be worth the wait! Thanks!

    The Booster Club Volunteers

     

    Let’s put our ideas together “THE IDEAS TANK”

    We have created a google form that will serve as a tank of ideas. Questions proposed on this form will vary based on the school phases, safety measures & the calendar. This form will serve as a channel of communication with our CAC community to coordinate and put our ideas into action. The Ideas Tank Form link will be shared regularly in the newsletters.. Students may share their ideas and suggest the next questions, teachers may use these questions in a discussion in their classrooms, parents may start the conversation at their dinner table. We need everyone on board! Our first question will be;
    “How can we contribute to the community while maintaining physical distance & managing our own safety?”.
    Click here to send your ideas: THE IDEAS TANK. Selected ideas may be shared for inspiration.

    Service Learning Office

     

    PTO Monthly Meeting Link:
    https://zoom.us/j/99506497883?pwd=d2NxNDFML25VQ01aM25vTitNeU9LQT09

    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
    Passcode: 353379

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 17, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    It is hard to believe we are finishing a month of blended learning in the High School. While campus certainly feels different than it used to, as I visit classrooms, I am struck by how normal classes feel, even with everyone in masks. Harkness discussions happen, math problems get solved, science labs get completed, art gets created—great learning transpires! Kudos to our teachers for their continued efforts to help students learn in this new environment, and kudos to our students for the hard work they are doing.

    Like the rest of the world, we do not know when things will be normal again, or what “normal” will turn out to be. We do know that we want to maintain the momentum of our reopening plan. To do so, we need everyone to practice mitigation measures away from campus. Teenagers are social beings, but to keep themselves and everyone safe, they need to exercise caution whenever they are with friends: they should not be participating in large gatherings (especially parties), they should continue to wear masks in public, and they should practice social distancing at all times outside their homes.

    We hope that the second month of school will be even more successful than the first. Thanks to everyone for all of their efforts and support.

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● International Day of Peace
    ● A Note Regarding the SAT/ACT
    ● CIS Community Survey
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● October 6 Holiday
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● Community Campus Access for Students
    ● Food on campus

    International Day of Peace

    While we can’t have our usual all-school Peace Day assembly, we are still commemorating the day. Students are asked to wear white on Sunday and Monday.

    A Note Regarding the SAT/ACT

    Thanks to the Counseling Department for organizing a virtual town hall with representatives from Fordham and Northeastern Universities, with a particular focus on how to apply “test optional” to schools. Colleges and universities are well aware of the many difficulties students have faced in trying to take the SAT and ACT in Egypt and globally, and they recognize that for many students it will not be possible to send test scores with their applications. I asked the Fordham representative if our students should travel outside Egypt to take these tests. She answered with an emphatic “No.” She said if there is “one takeaway” she wants everyone to get, it’s that students “shouldn’t jump through hoops” to take these tests. “We don’t need the scores,” she said. Please consider that if you are thinking about sending your student abroad to take either test.

    CIS Community Survey

    Please take a few minutes to complete the Council of International Schools Community Survey sent today by Mr. Williams. This survey is an important part of our accreditation process and will help guide our plans for continuous improvement.

    Skyward Gradebook

    Skyward is the secured student information system used at CAC. The gradebook section of Family Access allows students and parents to view student progress each fortnight. Teachers are available to speak to students in person and on Tutorial Tuesdays about progress and academic performance.
    Upcoming Skyward opening dates: Sept. 24, Oct. 8.

    October 6 Holiday

    Tuesday, October 6 is the Armed Forces holiday. There will be no Tutorial Tuesday for that week. However, the Prime Minister may announce that the holiday will be moved to Thursday, October 8. If the holiday is moved, the rotation for the week will proceed as follows:

    Sunday, Oct. 4: A1
    Monday, Oct. 5: A2
    Tuesday, Oct. 6: E1
    Wednesday, Oct. 7: E2

    If the holiday is not moved, Wednesday will be an E1 day and Thursday and E2 day as normal.

    Health and Safety Checklist

    Please take time to review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety. As with anything, teenagers will require practice to develop good habits. Please make sure your child knows how to properly wear a mask and does so in all public areas. Please also model appropriate wearing of masks, as they will follow your example. We need to be quite strict about wearing masks and maintaining social distance on campus. Students who do not comply with health and safety protocols will be sent home.

    Community Campus Access for Students

    Students are able to access campus during community hours by signing up through the CAC Dashboard. If your student is taking advantage of this opportunity, please make sure they are familiar with and follow all mitigation measures, which they can view when they sign up. Students who violate rules will lose community access privileges.

    Food on campus

    Campus food vendors remain closed for the time being. Students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks and lunch from home. Food deliveries for HS students are allowed to the back gate only.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Freshman Seminar

    The first Freshman Seminar will be coming up this week on Tutorial Tuesday (September 22). The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to Freshmen prior to the meeting.

    Senior College Meetings

    A reminder that seniors may now start to have their senior college meetings (From September 8-September 30). Students should email their counselor directly to find a time that fits in both of their schedules. This meeting is important to ensure upcoming college application plans, requirements, and deadlines are clear.

    Upcoming Virtual Events

    Brown University, UChicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, and Rice University
    September 23 at 11:00PM Cairo Time
    Registration link can be found here
    *This event is not affiliated with CAC, therefore registration is left up to each individual student/family*

    A reminder that students can find upcoming virtual university visits, webinars, information sessions, Q&A’s, and other types of events located on their Maia Learning Dashboard under the ‘University’ and ‘Visits’ tabs. Virtual events happening globally and events hosted by CAC will be posted. If the event is hosted by CAC, this will be noted and contain specific registration details.

    Counselor Appointment System

    Students can book appointments with the online booking system. QR codes are posted around campus and the daily announcements also have the links.

    Last names A-E: Mr. Simon
    Last names F-M: Ms. Bean
    Last Names N-Z: Mr. Semler

    Same day appointments available!

    If your student needs to arrange a different time than what is pre-set on our calendars, s/he can email the counselor directly to set that time up.

    Parents, feel free to email us with questions or if you need to set up a Google Meet with your student’s counselor for any reason.

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

    If your student will be entering grades 3, 6 or 9 next school year, we ask that he/she is seen and examined by a doctor, and a physical exam form completed and sent to the health office on or before the first day of school.
    Completed physicals are accepted at the health office, by email at cgallagher@cacegypt.org or nosama@cacegypt.org or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.

    https://www.cacegypt.org/PDF/Student_Physician_form.pdf

    CAC Health Office

     

    CAC libraries on Saturdays

    As we get ready to allow the ES students in to the library to browse and checkout, we have made more changes to the ES library. For our parents who visit the ES library on Saturdays, please expect the library to look a little different. Signs on the door will outline the set up for students during the week and for parents on Saturdays. You can preview the poster here.

    The MHS library will remain the same.

    To make a 30 minute appointment to visit our libraries on Saturdays, please log in to the CAC dashboard and look for the box “Campus Facilities Online Booking.”

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    Booster Club

    The Booster Club has been working hard with CAC’s IT department to get our online Spirit Store up and running. We appreciate your patience while we finish up with the final adjustments. We will be sure to widely advertise when the Spirit Store is ready for business. We will be offering a vast array of products including: PE uniforms, masks, spirit wear and school supplies. The Spirit Store will offer the options of both safe curbside pick-up and delivery (within Maadi). We appreciate your understanding with this new endeavor that the Booster Club is undertaking. We are sure it will be worth the wait! Thanks!

    The Booster Club Volunteers

     

    Let’s put our ideas together “THE IDEAS TANK”

    We have created a google form that will serve as a tank of ideas. Questions proposed on this form will vary based on the school phases, safety measures & the calendar. This form will serve as a channel of communication with our CAC community to coordinate and put our ideas into action. The Ideas Tank Form link will be shared regularly in the newsletters.. Students may share their ideas and suggest the next questions, teachers may use these questions in a discussion in their classrooms, parents may start the conversation at their dinner table. We need everyone on board! Our first question will be;
    “How can we contribute to the community while maintaining physical distance & managing our own safety?”.
    Click here to send your ideas: THE IDEAS TANK. Selected ideas may be shared for inspiration.

    Service Learning Office

     

    PTO Monthly Meeting Link:
    https://zoom.us/j/99506497883?pwd=d2NxNDFML25VQ01aM25vTitNeU9LQT09

    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
    Passcode: 353379

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 10, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    Thank you to the PTO for providing popsicles to all students on Wednesday and Thursday. They were a big hit, and a great way to celebrate another successful week!

    Students seem to be adjusting to the new rhythm of the Blended Learning Schedule. This week we are modifying that schedule slightly because of the early release day on Monday. Please see the details below.

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● September 14 Early Release
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● Helping Your Student Keep Track of Assignments
    ● October 6 Holiday
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● Community Campus Access for Students
    ● Food on campus

    September 14 Early Release

    Monday, September 14 is an Early Release Day, as we will hold faculty meetings and professional development in the afternoon. In order to maintain equal instructional time, we will use that day instead of Tuesday as our Tutorial Day. We will have a revised tutorial schedule that day, and the rotation for that week will proceed as follows:

    Sunday, Sept. 13: A1
    Monday, Sept. 14: Tutorial Day (8:00-11:30)*
    Tuesday, Sept. 15: A2
    Wednesday, Sept. 16: E1
    Thursday, Sept. 17: E2

    *Please see the HS Morning Announcements for the Sept. 14 Tutorial Day Schedule.

    Skyward Gradebook

    Skyward is the secured student information system used at CAC that also has a ‘Family Access’ portal for students and parents to view demographic and academic information. The gradebook section of Family Access allows students and parents to view student progress each fortnight, starting today after school until Sunday morning. As it is still early in the semester, some courses may not yet have assignments entered. Teachers are available to speak to students in person and on Tutorial Tuesdays about progress and academic performance.
    Upcoming Skyward opening dates: Sept. 24, Oct. 8.

    Helping Your Student Keep Track of Assignments

    Blended Learning does require students to take more responsibility for managing their time and keeping track of assignments. All students have been given a daily planner that they can use to write down their assignments. Yes, that is an old school approach, but it is grounded in science: there is a substantial body of research showing that writing things down can help us to remember them better. If your student is having trouble keeping track of assignments, encourage use of the planner and ask to see it. Having your student explain assignments to you further aids in remembering and understanding them.

    October 6 Holiday

    Tuesday, October 6 is the Armed Forces holiday. There will be no Tutorial Tuesday for that week. However, the Prime Minister may announce that the holiday will be moved to Thursday, October 8. If the holiday is moved, the rotation for the week will proceed as follows:

    Sunday, Oct. 4: A1
    Monday, Oct. 5: A2
    Tuesday, Oct. 6: E1
    Wednesday, Oct. 7: E2

    If the holiday is not moved, Wednesday will be an E1 day and Thursday and E2 day as normal.

    Health and Safety Checklist

    Please take time to review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety. As with anything, teenagers will require practice to develop good habits. Please make sure your child knows how to properly wear a mask and does so in all public areas. Please also model appropriate wearing of masks, as they will follow your example. As noted above, we need to be quite strict about wearing masks and maintaining social distance on campus. Students who do not comply with health and safety protocols will be sent home.

    Community Campus Access for Students

    Students are able to access campus during community hours by signing up through the CAC Dashboard. If your student is taking advantage of this opportunity, please make sure they are familiar with and follow all mitigation measures, which they can view when they sign up. Students who violate rules will lose community access privileges.

    Food on campus

    Campus food vendors remain closed for the time being. Students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks and lunch from home. Food deliveries for HS students are allowed to the back gate only.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Senior Night Programming Coming Soon. The first videos will be posted on your single sign on for viewing this week.

    Senior College Meetings: Seniors may now start to have their senior college meetings (From September 8-September 30). Students should email their counselor directly to find a time that fits in both of their schedules. This meeting is important to ensure upcoming college application plans, requirements, and deadlines are clear.

    Freshman Seminar: The first Freshman Seminar will be on Tutorial Tuesday (September 22). The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to Freshmen prior to the meeting.

    Standardized Testing Update

    As you know, the SAT in Egypt is cancelled for the 2020-21 application season, and the ACT is limited. 1,550 US universities are test optional for this year’s cycle and beyond. However, we know some parents are planning ahead for their younger students who may want to take part in a test prep course for future years. We want to make you aware of an opportunity to pursue test prep- which is online for now- and can resume in person here at CAC post pandemic. Higher Ground Learning offers standardized test prep options for CAC students, including 1-on-1 tutoring and small online classrooms. All of their services start with a free consultation; contact colton@highergroundlearning.com to craft an approach that fits your timeline and goals.

    Save the date! Tuesday, September 15, 5:00pm Cairo time

    Monica Esser, Director of International Enrollment Initiatives, will host a Town Hall meeting to discuss the test optional trends in US Higher Education for the admissions cycle of 2021 and beyond. She will also give an overview of Fordham University. We will announce a Zoom link so you can book your calendar.

    Syracuse Virtual Admissions Workshop

    Syracuse University will be hosting a Virtual Admissions Workshop coming up this Saturday, September 12 at 4PM. Current students from Syracuse University will give tips on the Common Application process, essay writing, admissions requirements, programs, clubs, internships, and much more! Interested students must email Sherlyn Sychua at ssychua@syr.edu to RSVP and to get the registration link.

    Counselor Appointment System

    Just a friendly reminder that students can book appointments with the online booking system. QR codes are posted around campus and the daily announcements also have the links.

    Last names A-E: Mr. Simon
    Last names F-M: Ms. Bean
    Last Names N-Z: Mr. Semler

    Same day appointments available!

    If your student needs to arrange a different time than what is pre-set on our calendars, s/he can email the counselor directly to set that time up.

    Parents, feel free to email us with questions or if you need to set up a Google Meet with your student’s counselor for any reason.

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

    If your student will be entering grades 3, 6 or 9 next school year, we ask that he/she is seen and examined by a doctor, and a physical exam form completed and sent to the health office on or before the first day of school.
    Completed physicals are accepted at the health office, by email at cgallagher@cacegypt.org or nosama@cacegypt.org or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.

    https://www.cacegypt.org/PDF/Student_Physician_form.pdf

    CAC Health Office

     

    Community hours for the CAC libraries

    Both CAC libraries will be open on Saturdays between 10 and 2 for our parents, faculty and students, for 30 minute appointments. Please book your time on the CAC Dashboard where you see “Campus Facilities Online Appointments.”

    You will be asked for the number of people coming. If you are a parent, please include your child/ren in the count. We can only have 10 patrons in the library at a time. Appointment requests are only accepted until Friday, at 7 pm. You will not be able to come on to campus without an appointment.

    Please note that library community hours are ONLY for Saturdays at this time. The weekday lunchtime appointment slots are only for HS students.

    Parents can only check out on Saturdays. We will resume holds delivery in a modified format when we have received all the students’ books back from the summer.

    Students are returning their books, now it’s the parents’ turn

    Our overdue numbers have decreased thanks to all the students returning their books.
    Now it’s the adults turn to bring back their materials. There are book drops at ES gates 6 and 7, as well at the MS gate (the main gate to CAC).

    Do please return all of your library materials so that others can enjoy them.

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    Let’s put our ideas together “THE IDEAS TANK”

    We have created a google form that will serve as a tank of ideas. Questions proposed on this form will vary based on the school phases, safety measures & the calendar. This form will serve as a channel of communication with our CAC community to coordinate and put our ideas into action. The Ideas Tank Form link will be shared regularly in the newsletters.. Students may share their ideas and suggest the next questions, teachers may use these questions in a discussion in their classrooms, parents may start the conversation at their dinner table. We need everyone on board! Our first question will be;
    “How can we contribute to the community while maintaining physical distance & managing our own safety?”.
    Click here to send your ideas: THE IDEAS TANK. Selected ideas may be shared for inspiration.

    Service Learning Office

     

    PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 3, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Virtual Coffee and Back-to-School Night events. We hope you were able to learn more about our academic program, our blended learning schedule, and how you can best support your student in this new learning environment.

    As I said during both virtual events, I am very grateful for all the positive energy the community has sent our way. Students continue to adjust to their new schedule and our mitigation strategies—they have impressed us with their cooperation and resilience. Like all of us, they want to do what they can to keep our campus open and our community safe and healthy. Please help them to follow safe social distancing protocols at home and in public.

    What a pleasure it is to be at CAC!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:
    ● Back-to-School Night Follow Up
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● September 14 Early Release
    ● October 6 Holiday
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● Community Campus Access for Students
    ● Late arrivals to Cairo
    ● Food on campus

    Back-to-School Night Follow Up

    If you missed Back-to-School Night, don’t worry! Parents will be able to access the teachers’ and counselors’ BTSN videos through the CAC parent dashboard until Thursday, September 10. You can also find a recording of the general introduction by clicking here (passcode: dVW.71N$).

    Skyward Gradebook

    Skyward is the secured student information system used at CAC that also has a ‘Family Access’ portal for students and parents to view demographic and academic information. The gradebook section of Family Access allows students and parents to view student progress each fortnight. As it is very early in the semester, we have not yet opened Family Access. Check this newsletter next week for a list of Skyward opening dates. Teachers are available to speak to students in person and on Tutorial Tuesdays about progress and academic performance.

    September 14 Early Release

    Monday, September 14 is an Early Release Day, as we will hold faculty meetings and professional development in the afternoon. In order to maintain equal instructional time, we will use that day instead of Tuesday as our Tutorial Day. We will have a revised tutorial schedule that day, and the rotation for that week will proceed as follows:

    Sunday, Sept. 13: A1
    Monday, Sept. 14: Tutorial Day (8:00-11:30)
    Tuesday, Sept. 15: A2
    Wednesday, Sept. 16: E1
    Thursday, Sept. 17: E2

    October 6 Holiday

    Tuesday, October 6 is the Armed Forces holiday. There will be no Tutorial Tuesday for that week. However, the Prime Minister may announce that the holiday will be moved to Thursday, October 8. If the holiday is moved, the rotation for the week will proceed as follows:

    Sunday, Oct. 4: A1
    Monday, Oct. 5: A2
    Tuesday, Oct. 6: E1
    Wednesday, Oct. 7: E2

    If the holiday is not moved, Wednesday will be an E1 day and Thursday and E2 day as normal.

    Health and Safety Checklist

    Please take time to review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety. As with anything, teenagers will require practice to develop good habits. Please make sure your child knows how to properly wear a mask and does so in all public areas. Please also model appropriate wearing of masks, as they will follow your example. As noted above, we need to be quite strict about wearing masks and maintaining social distance on campus. Students who do not comply with health and safety protocols will be sent home.

    Community Campus Access for Students

    Students are able to access campus during community hours by signing up through the CAC Dashboard. If your student is taking advantage of this opportunity, please make sure they are familiar with and follow all mitigation measures, which they can view when they sign up. Students who violate rules will lose community access privileges.

    Students late returning to Cairo

    We appreciate that due to circumstances beyond their control, some families have not yet arrived in Cairo. If you are in this situation and have not already been in communication with me, please contact me at jduggan@cacegypt.org. Students unable to return to campus due to COVID-19 related travel complications have access to online materials and should contact their teachers now that their schedules are available on Skyward. Please also see information in the CAC Reopening Plan.

    Food on campus

    Campus food vendors remain closed for the time being. Students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks and lunch from home. Food deliveries for HS students are allowed to the back gate only.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Schedule Change Requests: Thursday, Sept. 3rd is the last day for any schedule changes or add/drops to occur.

    For Your Seniors:
    Counselors request your senior to schedule his/her individual senior college meeting with your counselor (45 minutes) to occur between September 8th and September 30th. He/she should mail the counselor directly to arrange that time.

    Senior Night Programming starts next week! Stay tuned for the links to the schedule of videos and live q/a sessions.

    Counselor Appointment System
    Students can book appointments with the online booking system. QR codes are posted around campus and the daily announcements also have the links.

    Last names A-E: Mr. Simon
    Last names F-M: Ms. Bean
    Last Names N-Z: Mr. Semler

    Same day appointments available!

    If your student needs to arrange a different time than what is pre set on our calendars, s/he can email the counselor directly to set that time up.

    Parents, feel free to email us with questions or if you need to set up a Google Meet with your student’s counselor for any reason.

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    New CAC Bus Application Form

    The new Bus application form is now available on the parents’ dashboard.
    Below is the direct link:

    New Bus Application Form

    Bus Rules and Regulations 20-21

    CAC Transportation Office

     

    Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

    If your student will be entering grades 3, 6 or 9 next school year, we ask that he/she is seen and examined by a doctor, and a physical exam form completed and sent to the health office on or before the first day of school.
    Completed physicals are accepted at the health office, by email at cgallagher@cacegypt.org or nosama@cacegypt.org or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.

    https://www.cacegypt.org/PDF/Student_Physician_form.pdf

    CAC Health Office

     

    Community Hours for the CAC Libraries

    Both CAC libraries will be open on Saturdays between 10 and 2 for our parents, faculty and students, for 30 minute appointments. Please book your time on the CAC Dashboard where you see “Campus Facilities Online Appointments.”

    You will be asked for the number of people coming. If you are a parent, please include your child/ren in the count. We can only have 10 patrons in the library at a time. Appointment requests are only accepted until Friday, at 7 pm. You will not be able to come on to campus without an appointment.

    Please note that library community hours are ONLY for Saturdays at this time. The weekday lunchtime appointment slots are only for HS students.

    Parents can only check out on Saturdays. We will resume holds delivery in a modified format when we have received all the students’ books back from the summer.

    Return your books!

    We hope everyone read lots during the summer holidays, but it’s time to return the physical books to the libraries. Thank you to those who already have.

    There are still 446 books out from the MHS library and over 900 from the ES library. Let’s get them all back please.

    Overdue notices will go out on Sunday, after we have checked in the books in quarantine from today. (As a COVID19 precaution, we quarantine books for 72 hours before returning them to the shelves.)

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    COVID-19 Mental Wellness Session with Dr. Justus – Organized by CAC PTO

    At the request from many parents, CAC PTO is organizing this session. Please join us as we hear from Dr. Anne Justus, Senior Clinical Psychologist, and a CAC Mom. We will have an opportunity to receive guidance on how to best talk to our children and students about Covid-19 without raising their fears to an unhealthy level. Dr. Justus will also take questions from the audience.
    This session is open to all CAC teachers and parents, and admin. Please join us on September 8, at 5 PM via Zoom. Details for the Zoom meeting will be provided once you RSVP via this link: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/9040d4daea829a2ff2-webinar

    PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of August 27, 2020

     

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    Thanks to all students, parents, faculty, and staff who have helped make the first week of school a success. The logistics all went very well, and students were cooperative and positive despite so many things being different than before: campus entry and exit, mask wearing, area cleaning, social distancing, one way staircases, and much more. All of these measures are there to keep our community safe and healthy so that we can focus on our main goal: learning.

    As I visited classes this week, rooms looked different, but learning looked the same. It was a joy to see face-to-face classroom activities again (even if those faces were all covered). I got involved in some of those activities myself, trying to solve a problem in math and a puzzle in science. I performed poorly on both, but that’s OK—as those math and science lessons demonstrated, we often learn by finding what doesn’t work before we can find what does work.

    We continue to refine our COVID mitigation strategies as we learn more about how those measures work in practice. As Dr. Harris noted in yesterday’s welcome letter, your family can help by continuing to practice good social distancing outside of school.

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:
    ● Principal’s Virtual Coffee
    ● Back to School Night
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● Late arrivals to Cairo
    ● Food on campus

    Principal’s Virtual Coffee

    Join us for a principal’s virtual coffee Tuesday, September 1 at 2:00 pm. We will discuss how our Blended Learning program is working, review health and safety protocols, and discuss plans moving forward. This will be a good opportunity for parents to ask questions, as there will be no Q&A session during Back-to-School Night. Parents will receive a Zoom link via email on Tuesday morning.

    Back to School Night

    Back to School Night will be the evening of Wednesday, September 2. We will start with an orientation on Zoom at 5:00 pm Cairo time. Parents will receive a Zoom link via email on Wednesday morning. The orientation will be recorded. The rest of the evening will be asynchronous, as parents will be able to access teacher-produced videos through the CAC parent dashboard. In the videos, teachers will introduce themselves and provide a brief overview of the particular course.

    Health and Safety Checklist

    Please take time to review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety. As with anything, teenagers will require practice to develop good habits. Please make sure your child knows how to properly wear a mask and does so in all public areas. Please also model appropriate wearing of masks, as they will follow your example. As noted above, we need to be quite strict about wearing masks and maintaining social distance on campus. Students who do not comply with health and safety protocols will be sent home.

    Students late returning to Cairo

    We appreciate that due to circumstances beyond their control, some families have not yet arrived in Cairo. If you are in this situation and have not already been in communication with me, please contact me at jduggan@cacegypt.org. Students unable to return to campus due to COVID-19 related travel complications have access to online materials and should contact their teachers now that their schedules are available on Skyward. Please also see information in the CAC Reopening Plan.

    Food on campus

    Campus food vendors remain closed for the time being. Students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks and lunch from home. Food deliveries for HS students are allowed to the back gate only.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Counselor Appointment System

    Counselors will continue to be available for your students during the school day as we have been in the past. In order to control for the amount of foot traffic in our work area during the mitigation procedures for Covid, we have set up an online appointment system so we can meet students one at a time for a pre-arranged appointment in our office space (or online if the student is at home for a blended learning day).

    Students can pre book a meeting time for breaks or lunch, and same day appointments are welcome. There will be QR codes posted outside the counseling office and other locations on campus soon linking to the counselors’ appointment booking page.

    These are intended to be short q/a or check in meetings. If the topic or discussion we need to have will take longer, students should email the counselor directly to set up a time for a Flex/Study Hall block in person or online(or after school if it is an off campus day for them). We are also regularly communicating with students via email.

    Parents, feel free to email your student’s counselor if you have questions or need to discuss anything related to your student’s academics and well-being at CAC. Online meetings can be set up as needed.

    For Seniors: The Official College Application Season for the Class of 2021 is about to start! Our Senior College Night programming will be online this fall with information your student can use to plan a successful application process. There will be recorded sessions about various country systems and application procedures that you and your student can view. You will be able to choose the sessions that pertain to your student’s individual process. Those sessions will be available for families starting September 8th.

    Counselors will be meeting with your senior between September 8th and September 30th to go over his/her individual process. Students have been given instructions to contact counselors to set that up.

    Schedule Change Requests: Sept. 3rd is the last day for high school students to make any schedule changes. The top priority is to make sure students are on track for meeting graduation requirements, so please note that only requests that fit the appropriate level can be considered, and there is no guarantee a change is possible.

    Registration Deadline for October SAT Exam

    As many exams were cancelled during the Spring Semester, the College Board has added an exam date on September 26th.
    There is also another exam originally scheduled for October 3rd. The registration deadline for the October exam is September 4th.
    If your student would like to take this exam, s/he will need to register at www.collegeboard.org.

    Registration Deadlines for upcoming ACT Exams

    There are 2 ACT Testing dates coming up in the Fall of 2020: September 11/12 & October 9/10. There are four locations in Cairo to take the exam (CAC is not an ACT test site).
    **The next international testing date will be held in April 2021, pending further announcements from the ACT.
    Your student can register for the ACT here http://global.act.org/

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    New CAC Bus Application Form

    The new Bus application form is now available on the parents’ dashboard.
    Below is the direct link:

    New Bus Application Form

    Bus Rules and Regulations 20-21

    CAC Transportation Office

     

    Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

    If your student will be entering grades 3, 6 or 9 next school year, we ask that he/she is seen and examined by a doctor, and a physical exam form completed and sent to the health office on or before the first day of school in August.
    Completed physicals are accepted at the health office, by email at cgallagher@cacegypt.org or nosama@cacegypt.org or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.

    https://www.cacegypt.org/PDF/Student_Physician_form.pdf

    CAC Health Office

     

    Community hours for the CAC libraries
    Both CAC libraries will be open on Saturdays between 10 and 2 for our parents, faculty and students, for 30 minute appointments. Please book your time on the CAC Dashboard where you see “Campus Facilities Online Appointments.”

    You will be asked for the number of people coming. If you are a parent, please include your child/ren in the count. We can only have 10 patrons in the library at a time. Appointment requests are only accepted until Friday, at 7 pm. You will not be able to come on to campus without an appointment.

    Please note that library community hours are ONLY for Saturdays at this time. The weekday lunchtime appointment slots are only for HS students.

    Parents can only check out on Saturdays. We will resume holds delivery in a modified format when we have received all the students’ books back from the summer.

    Library materials are now due
    Please return all your library materials checked out during last school year. There are drop boxes outside the MS gate and the ES gate 6 until September 1. After that, please send your books with your student to deposit at the libraries.

    After September 1, students with overdue books may find their access to Skyward blocked.

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    Join CAC PTO Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/99506497883?pwd=d2NxNDFML25VQ01aM25vTitNeU9LQT09

    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
    Passcode: 353379

    CAC PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of August 19, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

    Thank you for reading this week’s edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    It was great to see the students back on campus for the Health and Safety Orientations. Students received a warm welcome in a virtual assembly held in their Block A classrooms. They learned about important division and school-wide health and safety protocols before proceeding to orientation sessions in all of the classrooms they will be using.
    For all of us, especially the students, it will take some time to adjust to all of the new procedures. School will feel quite different than it did before the pandemic began. However, as I told the students in the virtual assemblies, they are resilient. They can choose how they react to changing circumstances, and they can bounce back and be even stronger than before. Their choices will shape their high school experience, no matter how long the pandemic lasts or what unexpected obstacles get in their way.

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:
    ● Islamic New Year
    ● Blended Learning
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● Principal’s Virtual Coffee
    ● Late arrivals to Cairo
    ● Off-campus Privileges
    ● Food on campus
    ● Back to School Night

    Islamic New Year

    Thursday, August 20 there will be no school for the Islamic New Year holiday. We hope your family enjoys a relaxing long weekend.

    Blended Learning

    We are excited to begin our 2x2x1 blended learning program on Sunday, August 23. As has been communicated previously, the High School will begin the year with a blended model, combining face-to-face instruction with online learning. Please click here to review the HS Blended Learning 2x2x1 Schedule.

    Health and Safety Checklist

    Please take time to review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety. As with anything, teenagers will require practice to develop good habits. Please make sure your child knows how to properly wear a mask and does so in all public areas. Please also model appropriate wearing of masks, as they will follow your example. We need to be quite strict about wearing masks and maintaining social distance on campus. Students who do not comply with health and safety protocols will be sent home.

    Principal’s Virtual Coffee

    Join us for a principal’s coffee Tuesday, September 1 at 2:00 pm. We will discuss how our Blended Learning program will work, review health and safety protocols, and discuss plans moving forward. Parents will receive a Zoom link via email next week.

    Students late returning to Cairo

    We appreciate that due to circumstances beyond their control, some families have not yet arrived in Cairo. If you are in this situation and have not already been in communication with me, please contact me at jduggan@cacegypt.org. Students unable to return to campus due to COVID-19 related travel complications have access to online materials and should contact their teachers now that their schedules are available on Skyward. Please also see information in the CAC Reopening Plan.

    Off-campus privileges

    Please make your high schooler reviews the HS Morning Announcements for details regarding off-campus privileges.

    Food on campus

    Campus food vendors remain closed for the time being. Students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks and lunch from home. Food deliveries will be allowed to the back gate only starting Sunday.

    Back to School Night

    Back to School Night will be the evening of Wednesday, September 2. We will announce more details in next week’s Highro-Glyphics.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Welcome to fall semester, students!

    Here are your counselors by alpha split (by your last name): Mr. Simon- A-E; Ms. Bean F-M & Mr. Semler, N-Z. We look forward to spending the school year with you!

    Schedule Change Requests: August 23rd is the first day to request schedule changes or add/drop requests. Please email your request or question to your counselor starting Sunday, August 23rd. There is no guarantee your request can be honored. Our first priority is to make sure you are on track with your graduation requirements, so although we will review and respond to your questions, please note that only requests that fit the appropriate level and maintain an overall balance of classes can be processed.

    Upcoming Registration Deadlines for September and October SAT Exams
    As many exams were cancelled during the Spring Semester, the College Board has added an exam date on September 26th.
    The deadline for registering for the September exam is August 26th.
    There is also another exam on October 3rd. The registration deadline for the October exam is September 4th.

    If you would like to take this exam, you will need to register at www.collegeboard.org. Since CAC is a private test center, you must register using the test center code of #54-105. If you have any questions, please email Cameron Simon at csimon@cacegypt.org.

    Counseling Appointment System: Stay tuned to learn about the online appointment system to meet your counselor. Depending on the nature of the appointment, the meetings will be held on Google Meet or in person. We will also suggest what types of topics should be handled via email. Our goal is to make our communication as efficient and smooth as possible, while being able to build and maintain those valuable connections with our students.

    Coming up soon: Future daily announcements and Highroglypics will have dates and details about Freshman Seminar, Transition information for new students, Career exploration information for sophomores and juniors, Senior College Programming and more based on your grade level.

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    New CAC Bus Application Form

    The new Bus application form is now available on the parents’ dashboard.
    Below is the direct link:

    New Bus Application Form

    Bus Rules and Regulations 20-21

    CAC Transportation Office

     

    Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

    If your student will be entering grades 3, 6 or 9 next school year, we ask that he/she is seen and examined by a doctor, and a physical exam form completed and sent to the health office on or before the first day of school in August.
    Completed physicals are accepted at the health office, by email at cgallagher@cacegypt.org or nosama@cacegypt.org or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.

    https://www.cacegypt.org/PDF/Student_Physician_form.pdf

    CAC Health Office

     

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

    We are happy to be back on campus. Mitigation measures are in place at the library too, and we are looking forward to helping students with their research and reading this year.

    COVID mitigation in the CAC Libraries

    Please read this document to see the procedures we have put in place to keep our staff and the CAC community safe. It will be updated as circumstances require it.

    All library materials due

    All library materials checked out after March 11 are now due back in the library. There will be a drop box at the front gate this week for book returns. After Sunday, August 30, books must be returned to the MHS library itself. Overdue notices will go out on August 23 and will continue monthly throughout the year. Please clear your library accounts now to start the year fresh. Failure to return library materials on time will result in blocked Skyward access.

    Please note that returned library materials will stay in quarantine for 72 hours, and will be checked in after that, so patrons may see books they returned on the monthly overdue notice.

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

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