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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of November 25, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

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

    The U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving is a time to consider what we have to be thankful for and show gratitude to others. I personally am thankful for our wonderful community, which remains strong in the face of adversity; for our parents, especially the PTO and Booster Club for their never-ceasing support and positivity (and also for the “thank you lunch” for High School faculty today); for our great faculty, who have shown exceptional professionalism and dedication during a challenging time; and for our remarkable support staff, who go above and beyond every day to make campus a safe and happy place to be. Finally, of course, I am thankful for our amazing students, who brighten every day with their enthusiasm, perseverance, and humor.

    Whether you are traveling this weekend or are staying home, please help keep our community safe by consciously practicing social distancing. Remind your children (no matter how many times they’ve heard it) to avoid the 3 C’s: Crowded places, Closed spaces, and Close conversations; and to practice the 4 W’s: Wash Your Hands, Wear Your Mask, Watch Your Distance, and Work Together.

    We hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving.

    Stay safe!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● December Tuesday Rotation for Grades 9 and 10
    ● Grade Level Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees
    ● Semester Exams
    ● Helping Your Student Keep Track of Assignments
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● Winter Break Travel Plans

    December Tuesday Rotation for Grades 9 and 10

    Because Group 2 has had somewhat less on-campus time over the last two weeks, Tuesday, December 1 will be an A-H day for Group 2 in the High School (though it is a Group 1 day for Middle School).

    The following week, Tuesday, December 8 will be an A-H Day for Group 1.

    Grades 11-12 will still have Tutorial Days on December 1 and 8.

    On Tuesday, December 15 all students will be taking semester exams.

    As a reminder, click here for the Phase 2 schedule.

    Grade Level Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees

    We will hold one more round of grade level parent coffees in December. Here is the schedule:

    ● Grade 12: Wednesday, December 2, 2:00 pm
    ● Grade 11: Thursday, December 3, 12:00 noon
    ● Grade 10: Sunday, December 6, 10:00 am
    ● Grade 9: Monday, December 7, 12:00 noon

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

    Semester Exams

    Students in grades 9-12 will have semester exams Sunday – Wednesday, Dec 13-16. New this year, 9th/10th graders will be expected to come to campus all four days for exams; we will use mitigation efforts to keep groups 1 and 2 separate during testing. Please check next week’s HS Morning Announcements for the exam schedule. Only those students with a medical emergency may be excused from school during exams week. If you have any questions regarding exams attendance, please direct them to Ms. McCall (rmccall@cacegypt.org).

    Helping Your Student Keep Track of Assignments

    As noted in previous editions of Highro-Glyphics, students have been given a daily planner that they can use to write down their assignments. A substantial body of research shows 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. Google Classroom is also a useful tool. However, the automated emails it generates for parents refer to prior assignments, and it does not automatically recognize when students have turned in assignments by means other than submission to Google Classroom. Your best source of information about class assignments should be your own child. If you still have questions, contact the teacher directly.

    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. Students should speak to teachers individually if they have concerns about assignments or grades in Skyward.

    Health and Safety Checklist

    Please regularly review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety.

    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. The last scheduled final exams will be on December 16. Students should not plan to travel before their exams are concluded. Classes will resume again on January 10.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Mail: For high school students receiving mail (usually college brochures or notifications), the mail will still be delivered to the high school counseling office. Counselors will get in touch with students individually via email to retrieve it.

    Seniors: Once students have submitted applications to universities, a reminder to please check those university portals once every two-three weeks to check the status of your application.

    Reminder: all Document Request forms for university deadlines between now and January 15th are due to the counseling office by November 29th.

    Upcoming Virtual University Events, Visits, and Webinars

    See the CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage to see the upcoming visits. This document is updated regularly: CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage – University Visits.

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Moving on from CAC before the winter break?

    To help us prepare your records in time for your departure, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC this semester.

    https://www.cacegypt.org/index.php/cac-withdrawal-request

    A few days before your departure, a withdrawal form that includes several signatures must also be completed in order to clear any outstanding obligations, and turned in to the Admission/Registrar’s Office to release records. Due to the current circumstances the Middle and High School withdrawal form is being prepared by the Counseling offices and shared with teachers and student online.

    Please note that High School transcripts including this semester’s grades will not be available until January 17, 2021.

    Registrar’s office

     

    Congratulations to all CAC Fall Sport Conditioning teams for the fall of 2020. See below photos:

    • Boys Varsity and JV Soccer
    • Girls Varsity Soccer
    • Boys Varsity Volleyball
    • Girls Varsity and JV Volleyball
    • Varsity Cross Country
    • Junior (MS) Day 1 Cross Country
    • Junior (MS) Day 2 Cross Country

    Thanks to all athletes and coaches.

    Season 2 Signup:

    CAC season 2 sport conditioning signup will take place online from Tuesday, November 24 at 8:00 am, through Monday, November 30 at 8:00 pm. (Link, https://forms.gle/MS45mx1Pkt9XrQ5E8)

    The sports available for signups are:
    JV and Varsity Girls Basketball
    JV and Varsity Boys Basketball
    Junior and Varsity (grades 6-12) Girls and Boys Swimming
    The CAC JV and Varsity Wrestling and Dance programs are on hold for the 2020-2021 school year until further notice.

    All practices will be on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 3:15-4:30, until further notice.

    CAC season 2 is scheduled from December 2, 2020, until March 14, 2021.

    Basketball facilities schedule:
    Girls: Sunday- main gym, Monday- outdoor court, Wednesday- main gym, Thursday- outdoor court.
    Boys: Sunday- outdoor court, Monday- main gym, Wednesday- outdoor court, Thursday- main gym.

    Scott Fitzgerald
    Activities & Athletics Director

     

    CAC Libraries Closed This Weekend

    The CAC libraries will be closed this Saturday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving break. Please see list of open Saturdays here.

    You will need to make an appointment for Saturdays through the online booking system on the CAC dashboard. Please note that parents cannot make appointments for library use during the week.

    Saturday hours are for check in and checkout only. If you need to do any other library business, like for example, clear your account for withdrawal from CAC, you will need to contact the library during the week. Mrs. Fitzgerald can be reached at librarian@cacegypt.org.

    Quarantining of library materials is now after check in

    We recently received an update to our library circulation system which allows us to check in materials and then quarantine them for 3 days. It was the other way around until now, which led to some confusion. Notices of materials checked out and overdue notices will now be up to date as of 7:30 am of the day they are issued.

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    PTO November Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Sunday, Nov 29 at 05:00 PM.

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

    PTO

     

    GSS Appreciation lunch – THANK YOU!

    GSS Appreciation Lunch Community Thank you

    On behalf of our GSS staff, we would like to send a sincere heartfelt THANK YOU! to everyone who supported the Appreciation Lunch. We had different teams coordinating food orders: Seniors, Class of 2024, HS StuCo, PTO, Support Staff, MS Faculty & Staff and PreK Parents. We also received individual orders from students, faculty, staff & parents.

    Almost 100 student, parent, faculty and staff volunteers helped over the course of the day at different time intervals. What an Amazing Team Spirit! Everyone’s mission was to appreciate our GSS by contributing their effort, time & money. The result was mind blowing. Our goal was only to have the 147 meals covered. However, we received almost 400 MEALS and DESSERTS! Each one of our GSS received a personalized bag with 2 or 3 meals, a set of assorted desserts, 2 drinks and an appreciation note written by students. We also shared meals with the police around the school.

    Click Here to enjoy more photos. (Please use your CAC account).
    Click Here to share your feedback to make it even better next year.

    We are truly thankful for our CAC community.

    Kindness Rocks Rocks!

    Traveling this weekend? Bring Rocks to the Kindness Rocks stations on campus. Click here to know where.
    Colored Rocks? bring them to the rock stations.
    Take photos and post in the Kindness Rocks Facebook Groups; Maadi Kindness Rocks and Kindness Rocks Worldwide
    Click here to see our ES students report about our Kindness Rocks.

    Middle School Thanksgiving Clothing Drive

    Let’s show our thanks by giving. As the weather gets colder and we start organizing our winter and summer clothes, it’s a good time to sift through your small and unused clothing items. The MS Student Council is sponsoring a clothing drive to donate to local charities – The Egyptian Clothing Bank, MOVE Egypt and Awladi Orphange. We are collecting gently used clothing items and blankets to donate to those in need of all ages, infant to adult size (includes: T-shirts, sweaters, socks, pants, jackets, etc).
    Click these links to know more about the organizations; The Egyptian Clothing Bank , MOVE Foundation and Awlady Orphanage.
    The drive is running from Sunday, November 15 to Sunday, November 29. The delivery will be on the week of Nov.29
    Middle school students should bring their items to their advisory classroom to be counted and stored. The advisory that collects the most clothing items will win a lunch of their choice (delivered during lunch the following week).

    CAC Community (ES students, HS students, faculty & staff) can put their donations in the red donation box at the front gate.

    Remember: all items must be clean and in good condition. Please do not bring torn or worn out items. Students, please make sure you have your parents’ permission to donate the clothing items.
    In honor of our 75th anniversary, our goal is to reach 75 kilos of clothing/blankets to donate. Help us reach that goal!

    If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ereeny Gawdat (egergess@cacegypt.org).

    Ereeny Gergess
    Service Learning Coordinator

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of November 19, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    The picture above shows students packing books to donate to the Educate Me Foundation. It is always great to see our students’ commitment to helping others.

    Dear High School Parents,

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

    Thanks to all who attended this week’s virtual coffee to learn more about summative assessments, the principles we use to design them, and ways students can prepare for them. As I said at the coffee, we are working to finalize the exam schedule, and we should be able to share more details next week.

    As we move more fully into Phase 2, our sports teams will be able to hold some intrasquad competitions, and more activities can meet after school. Season 2 sports signups will begin next week. We are also looking to bring Coffee Bean back on campus so students can purchase beverages and prepackaged lunches. We are working with the vendor to finalize menu options and make sure we have virus mitigation measures safely in place before reopening.

    Though small, these steps can have a big impact on student morale. That will be important in the coming few weeks, as the stress brought by end-of-semester projects, final exams, and college applications begins to mount. We aim to help students manage that stress so that when they go to university, they have learned how to manage it themselves. A positive atmosphere on campus helps keep our students learning, exploring, and having fun.

    Have a great weekend, and stay safe!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● Grade Level Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees
    ● Thanksgiving Week Schedule
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● Winter Break Travel Plans

    Grade Level Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees

    We will hold one more round of grade level parent coffees in early December. Please check Highro-Glyphics next week for the specific dates and times.

    Thanksgiving Week Schedule

    Next week will be a shorter one, as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no Tutorial Day next week. The rotation will be as follows:

    Sunday, November 22: A1
    Monday, November 23: A2
    Tuesday, November 24: E1
    Wednesday, November 25: E2, Early Release Day (Dismissal at 11:30)
    Thursday, November 26: No School.

    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. Students should speak to teachers individually if they have concerns about assignments or grades in Skyward.

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

    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. The last scheduled final exams will be on December 16. Students should not plan to travel before their exams are concluded. 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

    See the CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage to see the upcoming visits. This document is updated regularly: CAC HS Counseling Resources Webpage – University Visits.

    Seniors- Once applications are submitted to universities, students are encouraged to check those university portals once every two-three weeks to check the status of the application.
    Reminder: All Document Request forms for your university deadlines between now and January 30th are due to the counseling office by November 29th. No documents can be sent from CAC over winter break.

    The University of California applications are due November 30th which means CAC’s internal deadline to complete the application and submit the DRF’s is November 15th. The U. C. application is all self-reported, but students should still submit a DRF to the counseling office (only one for all campuses). Here is a reference guide for the UC Admission process.

    Some universities have a Regular Deadline of December 1st, which means CAC’s internal deadline to complete the application and submit the DRF’s was November 15th.

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Moving on from CAC before the winter break?

    To help us prepare your records in time for your departure, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC this semester.

    https://www.cacegypt.org/index.php/cac-withdrawal-request

    A few days before your departure, a withdrawal form that includes several signatures must also be completed in order to clear any outstanding obligations, and turned in to the Admission/Registrar’s Office to release records. Due to the current circumstances the Middle and High School withdrawal form is being prepared by the Counseling offices and shared with teachers and student online.

    Please note that High School transcripts including this semester’s grades will not be available until January 17, 2021.

    Registrar’s office

    Season 2 Signup:

    CAC season 2 sport conditioning signup will take place online from Tuesday, November 24 at 8:00 am, through Monday, November 30 at 8:00 pm. (Link, https://forms.gle/MS45mx1Pkt9XrQ5E8)

    The sports available for signups are:
    JV and Varsity Girls Basketball
    JV and Varsity Boys Basketball
    Junior and Varsity (grades 6-12) Girls and Boys Swimming
    The CAC JV and Varsity Wrestling and Dance programs are on hold for the 2020-2021 school year until further notice.

    All practices will be on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 3:15-4:30, until further notice.

    CAC season 2 is scheduled from December 2, 2020, until March 14, 2021.

    Basketball facilities schedule:
    Girls: Sunday- main gym, Monday- outdoor court, Wednesday- main gym, Thursday- outdoor court.
    Boys: Sunday- outdoor court, Monday- main gym, Wednesday- outdoor court, Thursday- main gym.

    Scott Fitzgerald
    Activities & Athletics Director

     

    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, November 21. Please see list of open Saturdays here.

    You will need to make an appointment for Saturdays through the online booking system on the CAC dashboard.

    New York Times access for CAC

    The CAC libraries have a digital subscription to the New York Times. To access, go to nytimes.com/passes and create a new account or log in with your CAC single sign on. Follow the prompts until the site says, “Get Started.”

    Class of 2020 Extended Essays on the library catalog

    The EEs that earned As or Bs written by the Class of 2020 are now on the library catalog for the CAC community to read. These are examples of solid research and good writing, and can serve as samples for future IB candidates.

    To access the EEs, visit the library catalog, library.cacegypt.org and choose the MHS library. No need to log in. In the search field, enter “extended essay 2019-2020” and browse through the essays listed. Click on “Open” next to each result to read the essay on your browser.

    So far, we have the EEs from the class of 2019 and the class of 2020. We’re looking forward to uploading the essays written by the class of 2021!

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    Sunday, Nov. 22 – Maadi Kindness Rock Project Launch (For Students)

    Looking for student representatives from the 3 divisions to kick off the launch, lead the marketing campaign, and take on the project. If you can do any of these, please contact Ms. Ereeny by Thursday, Nov. 19 at the latest. This is part of an inspiring wider global movement, click here to know more and share your rock photos on the Facebook group; Maadi Kindness Rocks. Thanks to Lakesha PTO Head of Community Service Committee who reintroduced the event this year.

    In 2017 the CAC High School STUCO lead by Dorothy Knox did a fantastic job of leading the Kindness Rock Project – even taking some rocks with them on WWW trips and spreading kindness around the world. We are looking forward to joining this movement again.

    Tuesday Nov. 24 – GSS Appreciation Lunch Volunteer Form

    It is heartwarming and inspiring to see our wonderful CAC community joining & coordinating their efforts together.

    How can you help on the day?
    If you can offer an extra hand, please submit this Volunteer Sign up form.
    Slots will be closed as we reach the maximum number so we can respect safety mitigation steps.

    What is still needed?
    1- A second meal! that GSS can take home to their families. Please click here to confirm the number of meals or desserts that you will order so we can track of the progress and update in the announcement link, here.
    2- Appreciation notes to our GSS in Arabic/English. Notes can be left in the ES, MS & HS Offices. These will be placed inside the meals boxes/bags for the GSS to enjoy.

    Middle School Thanksgiving Clothing Drive

    Let’s show our thanks by giving. As the weather gets colder and we start organizing our winter and summer clothes, it’s a good time to sift through your small and unused clothing items. The MS Student Council is sponsoring a clothing drive to donate to local charities – The Egyptian Clothing Bank, MOVE Egypt and Awladi Orphange. We are collecting gently used clothing items and blankets to donate to those in need of all ages, infant to adult size (includes: T-shirts, sweaters, socks, pants, jackets, etc).
    Click these links to know more about the organizations; The Egyptian Clothing Bank , MOVE Foundation and Awlady Orphanage.
    The drive is running from Sunday, November 15 to Sunday, November 29. The delivery will be on the week of Nov.29
    Middle school students should bring their items to their advisory classroom to be counted and stored. The advisory that collects the most clothing items will win a lunch of their choice (delivered during lunch the following week).

    CAC Community (ES students, HS students, faculty & staff) can put their donations in the red donation box at the front gate.

    Remember: all items must be clean and in good condition. Please do not bring torn or worn out items. Students, please make sure you have your parents’ permission to donate the clothing items.
    In honor of our 75th anniversary, our goal is to reach 75 kilos of clothing/blankets to donate. Help us reach that goal!

    If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ereeny Gawdat (egergess@cacegypt.org).

    Ereeny Gergess
    Service Learning Coordinator

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of November 12, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

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

    It may seem hard to believe, but our CAC seniors will become CAC alumni sooner than we know it. To celebrate that eventual transition, our officer of Alumni Relations, Engy Rabie, presented a special gift for them today: a personalized mug (with a “mug shot” of the future alum), a stress ball (certainly needed these days), and M&Ms (just because). Thanks to Ms. Rabie for all she does for our seniors!

    It may also seem hard to believe that our sophomores will soon be deciding what path they want to take in grades 11-12 as they prepare for their own transition to university. That process begins with a Grade 10 Virtual Parent IB Information Evening on Monday. An invitation will be sent by Mr. Williams via email.

    Thanks to all those who attended the grade level virtual coffees over the last two week. We look forward to seeing you at another virtual coffee this coming week, open to all parents of students in grades 9-12. More information is below.

    Have a great weekend, and stay safe!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● Parent/Principal Virtual Coffee
    ● Thanksgiving Week Schedule
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● Winter Break Travel Plans

    Parent/Principal Virtual Coffee

    Please join us on Wednesday, November 18th, at 9: 45 am for a virtual coffee morning. Along with some general updates, we will be discussing final exams and other summative assessments: how students benefit from them, how teachers design them, how we prepare students for them, how students can best prepare themselves, and how this year they will fit into our blended learning paradigm and our phased reopening. Parents will receive a Zoom link via email on the morning of the coffee.

    Thanksgiving Week Schedule

    Our next short week of classes will be the week of November 22, as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no Tutorial Day that week. The rotation will be as follows:

    Sunday, November 22: A1
    Monday, November 23: A2
    Tuesday, November 24: E1
    Wednesday, November 25: E2, Early Release Day (Dismissal at 11:30)
    Thursday, November 26: No School.

    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. Students should speak to teachers individually if they have concerns about assignments or grades in Skyward.

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

    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. The last scheduled final exams will be on December 16. Students should not plan to travel before their exams are concluded. Classes will resume again on January 10.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Seniors- Some Early Action/Early Decision external (university) deadlines are November 15th. Those Document Request Forms (DRF) should have been submitted to the counseling office by November 1 (CAC’s internal deadline).

    The University of California applications are due November 30th which means CAC’s internal deadline to complete the application and submit the DRF’s is November 15th. The U. C. application is all self-reported, but students should still submit a DRF to the counseling office (only one for all campuses). Here is a reference guide for the UC Admission process.

    Some universities have a Regular Deadline of December 1st, which means CAC’s internal deadline to complete the application and submit the DRF’s is November 15th.

    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.

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Moving on from CAC before the winter break?

    To help us prepare your records in time for your departure, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC this semester.

    https://www.cacegypt.org/index.php/cac-withdrawal-request

    A few days before your departure, a withdrawal form that includes several signatures must also be completed in order to clear any outstanding obligations, and turned in to the Admission/Registrar’s Office to release records. Due to the current circumstances the Middle and High School withdrawal form is being prepared by the Counseling offices and shared with teachers and student online.

    Please note that High School transcripts including this semester’s grades will not be available until January 17, 2021.

    Registrar’s office

     

    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, November 14. Please see list of open Saturdays here.

    You will need to make an appointment for Saturdays through the online booking system on the CAC dashboard.

    New York Times access for CAC

    The CAC libraries have a digital subscription to the New York Times. To access, go to nytimes.com/passes and create a new account or log in with your CAC single sign on. Follow the prompts until the site says, “Get Started.”

    You will need to do this even if you already have an account from the 2019-2020 school year.

    Once you have created an account, you will be able to access the NYT from any device and any location. You can also access it through the NYT app.

    (Our subscription does not give us access to the NYT crosswords, sorry.)

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    General Services Appreciation Lunch – Nov. 24

    The GSS Appreciation Lunch is a whole school event where our entire community of students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni collaborate together. We show our appreciation for these hard-working teams by organizing a special lunch, relying on the generous donations and efforts of our community.

    This year, in order to maintain social distance, we will not be having the on-campus lunch but rather providing a hot meal of the GSS’s choice.

    Please check this link for more details on how you can join/support: GSS Appreciation lunch

    Ereeny Gergess
    Service Learning Coordinator

     

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of November 5, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

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

    It was wonderful to welcome our full junior class back to campus as they joined the seniors in attending school four days a week. Thank you to the Booster Club for providing them with tasty donuts to celebrate their return!

    We were also happy to see Group 1 students in grades 9 and 10 on campus Tuesday, and we look forward to Group 2 attending three days next week.

    Many of our seniors began the week with submission of early college applications. Congratulations to them on meeting their first deadline! Though seniors can find the application season to be stressful, and sometimes overwhelming, our counselors will continue to be there for them at every step of the process.

    Thanks for all you do to support your children and CAC.

    Stay safe!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● Upcoming Grade Level Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees
    ● Thanksgiving Week Schedule
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● Winter Break Travel Plans

    Upcoming Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees

    We will continue to hold parent/principal virtual coffees by grade level to discuss topics particular to each grade. Thanks to all the parents who participated in the coffees for Grades 11 and 12 this week. Next week we will host parents of students in grades 9 and 10. The following week, we will hold a virtual coffee for all HS parents. Here is the upcoming schedule:

    ● Grade 10: Sunday, November 8, 12:00 noon
    ● Grade 9: Monday, November 9, 12:00 noon
    ● All HS Parents: Wednesday, November 18, 9:45 am

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

    Thanksgiving Week Schedule

    Our next short week of classes will be the week of November 22, as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no Tutorial Day that week. The rotation will be as follows:

    Sunday, November 22: A1
    Monday, November 23: A2
    Tuesday, November 24: E1
    Wednesday, November 25: E2, Early Release Day (Dismissal at 11:30)
    Thursday, November 26: No School.

    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. Students should speak to teachers individually if they have concerns about assignments or grades in Skyward.

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

    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. The last scheduled final exams will be on December 16. Students should not plan to travel before their exams are concluded. Classes will resume again on January 10.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Pomona College Town Hall

    On Monday, November 9 at 6 pm, 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 in the USA. It is located in Claremont, California, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. With a student-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, they offer a comprehensive curriculum, with 48 majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Pomona is a close-knit and diverse community of accomplished scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists who are passionate about making a difference in the world. There are approximately 1,670 students who come from 59 nations and all 50 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

    Register: here

    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.

    Seniors- Some Early Action/Early Decision external (university) deadlines are November 15th. All EA/ED document request forms should have been submitted (online) to the counseling office by November 1 (CAC’s internal deadline).

    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, November 7. Please see list of open Saturdays here.

    You will need to make an appointment for Saturdays through the online booking system on the CAC dashboard.

    New York Times access for CAC

    The CAC libraries have a digital subscription to the New York Times. To access, go to nytimes.com/passes and create a new account or log in with your CAC single sign on. Follow the prompts until the site says, “Get Started.”

    You will need to do this even if you already have an account from the 2019-2020 school year.

    Once you have created an account, you will be able to access the NYT from any device and any location. You can also access it through the NYT app.

    (Our subscription does not give us access to the NYT crosswords, sorry.)

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    General Services Appreciation Lunch – Nov. 24

    The GSS Appreciation Lunch is a whole school event where our entire community of students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni collaborate together. We show our appreciation for these hard-working teams by organizing a special lunch, relying on the generous donations and efforts of our community.

    This year, in order to maintain social distance, we will not be having the on-campus lunch but rather providing a hot meal of the GSS’s choice.

    Please check this link for more details on how you can join/support: GSS Appreciation lunch

    Ereeny Gergess
    Service Learning Coordinator

     

    Full Transcript of the Second Q and A Session

    The full transcript of the Second Q and A Session organized by the CAC PTO is now available on the PTO blog: https://blogs.cacegypt.org/ptobooster

    We at the PTO thank everyone who made this virtual event possible.

    CAC Talks

    November CAC Talks is not one to miss! Led by counselor and parent educator Carey Harris, “Finding Balance in a Digital World” focuses on the effects of technology and social media on the cognitive functioning of our kids. Carey will provide practical, research-based solutions and strategies families can implement to help our kids and families navigate the pitfalls and potentials of our increasingly digital world.

    Join us Tuesday, November 10 at 6pm via the Zoom link
    https://fundforteachers.zoom.us/j/95641725891?pwd=Y3N1bWdrK3FReUpEQjdRdG96RlcyZz09

    MS and HS students are also encouraged to attend!

    Screenwise by Dr. Devorah Heitner and Talking Back to Facebook by Jim Steyer are highly recommended reads regarding this topic. Screenwise is available as both an ebook and audiobook through the CAC library’s Sora app.

    Please send any questions you have for our expert, Carey Harris, ahead of time to cacpto@cacegypt.org.

    In true partnership,

    CAC PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of October 27, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

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

    This was a frantic but festive short week on campus! We are immensely grateful to the PTO, Booster Club, and Student Council for all the hard work putting together a “spooktacular” Halloween celebration—twice! The students enjoyed the decorations, bags of candy, costume parades, photo opportunities, and cookies.

    Next week brings significant changes to our daily schedules as we move more fully into Phase 1.5. We welcome the juniors back to campus four days a week. Freshmen and sophomores will begin adding alternating Tuesdays to their on-campus days, starting with Group 1 on November 3. Though we believe these changes will benefit students, any adjustment to the established routine will present its own challenges. Encourage your teenager to get consistent sleep, maintain a daily schedule during their online days, and check in regularly with their teachers.

    We hope everyone enjoys a restful holiday weekend. Please remember that social distancing keeps us all safe, and that the health of our community depends heavily on what we do outside of school. Consistently practice the 4 W’s: Wash Your Hands, Wear Your Mask, Watch Your Distance, and Work Together.

    Stay safe!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● Prophet’s Birthday Holiday
    ● Phase 1.5 Revised Schedule
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● Upcoming Grade Level Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees
    ● Thanksgiving Week Schedule
    ● Health and Safety Checklist
    ● Travel for the SAT/ACT
    ● Winter Break Travel Plans

    Prophet’s Birthday Holiday

    There will be no classes October 28-29 in celebration of the Prophet’s Birthday. Classes resume November 1.

    Phase 1.5 Revised Schedule

    As noted above, the weekly schedule changes on November 1. Click here for the Phase 1.5 Revised Schedule.

    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. Students should speak to teachers individually if they have concerns about assignments or grades in Skyward.

    Upcoming Grade Level Parent/Principal Virtual Coffees

    We will continue to hold parent/principal 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.

    Thanksgiving Week Schedule

    Our next short week of classes will be the week of November 22, as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no Tutorial Day that week. The rotation will be as follows:

    Sunday, November 22: A1
    Monday, November 23: A2
    Tuesday, November 24: E1
    Wednesday, November 25: E2, Early Release Day (Dismissal at 11:30)
    Thursday, November 26: No School.

    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. The last scheduled final exams will be on December 16. Students should not plan to travel before their exams are concluded. Classes will resume again on January 10.

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    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 soon.

    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.

    Seniors- Some Early Action/Early Decision external (university) deadlines are November 15th. All EA/ED document request forms should be submitted (online) to the counseling office by November 1 (CAC’s internal deadline).

    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 Closed This Weekend
    The CAC libraries will be 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

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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