Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 17, 2020

CAC High School Principal’s Notes

Dear High School Parents,

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

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

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

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

Principal’s Notes Highlights:

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

International Day of Peace

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

A Note Regarding the SAT/ACT

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

CIS Community Survey

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

Skyward Gradebook

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

October 6 Holiday

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

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

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

Health and Safety Checklist

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

Community Campus Access for Students

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

Food on campus

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


Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal


Counseling Department Announcements

Freshman Seminar

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

Senior College Meetings

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

Upcoming Virtual Events

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

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

Counselor Appointment System

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

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

Same day appointments available!

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

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

Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
HS Counseling

General Announcements

Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

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


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:

Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
Passcode: 353379