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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 17, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

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

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

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

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

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

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

    International Day of Peace

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

    A Note Regarding the SAT/ACT

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

    CIS Community Survey

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

    Skyward Gradebook

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

    October 6 Holiday

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

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

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

    Health and Safety Checklist

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

    Community Campus Access for Students

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

    Food on campus

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

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Freshman Seminar

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

    Senior College Meetings

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

    Upcoming Virtual Events

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

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

    Counselor Appointment System

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

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

    Same day appointments available!

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

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

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

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

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

    CAC Health Office

     

    CAC libraries on Saturdays

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

    The MHS library will remain the same.

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

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

    Booster Club

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

    The Booster Club Volunteers

     

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

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

    Service Learning Office

     

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

    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
    Passcode: 353379

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 10, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

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

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

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

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

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

    September 14 Early Release

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

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

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

    Skyward Gradebook

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

    Helping Your Student Keep Track of Assignments

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

    October 6 Holiday

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

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

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

    Health and Safety Checklist

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

    Community Campus Access for Students

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

    Food on campus

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

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

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

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

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

    Standardized Testing Update

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

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

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

    Syracuse Virtual Admissions Workshop

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

    Counselor Appointment System

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

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

    Same day appointments available!

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

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

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

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

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

    CAC Health Office

     

    Community hours for the CAC libraries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

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

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

    Service Learning Office

     

    PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of September 3, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

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

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

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

    What a pleasure it is to be at CAC!

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

    Back-to-School Night Follow Up

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

    Skyward Gradebook

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

    September 14 Early Release

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

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

    October 6 Holiday

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

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

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

    Health and Safety Checklist

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

    Community Campus Access for Students

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

    Students late returning to Cairo

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

    Food on campus

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

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

    Same day appointments available!

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

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

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    New CAC Bus Application Form

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

    New Bus Application Form

    Bus Rules and Regulations 20-21

    CAC Transportation Office

     

    Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

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

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

    CAC Health Office

     

    Community Hours for the CAC Libraries

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

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

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

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

    Return your books!

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

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

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

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

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

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

    PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of August 27, 2020

     

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

    Principal’s Virtual Coffee

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

    Back to School Night

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

    Health and Safety Checklist

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

    Students late returning to Cairo

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

    Food on campus

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

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Counselor Appointment System

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Registration Deadline for October SAT Exam

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

    Registration Deadlines for upcoming ACT Exams

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

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    New CAC Bus Application Form

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

    New Bus Application Form

    Bus Rules and Regulations 20-21

    CAC Transportation Office

     

    Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

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

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

    CAC Health Office

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

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

    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
    Passcode: 353379

    CAC PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of August 19, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

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

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

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

    Islamic New Year

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

    Blended Learning

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

    Health and Safety Checklist

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

    Principal’s Virtual Coffee

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

    Students late returning to Cairo

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

    Off-campus privileges

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

    Food on campus

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

    Back to School Night

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

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    Welcome to fall semester, students!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    New CAC Bus Application Form

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

    New Bus Application Form

    Bus Rules and Regulations 20-21

    CAC Transportation Office

     

    Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

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

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

    CAC Health Office

     

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

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

    COVID mitigation in the CAC Libraries

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

    All library materials due

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

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

    Josianne Fitzgerald
    MHS & Head Librarian

     

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

    Meeting ID: 995 0649 7883
    Passcode: 353379

    CAC PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of August 13, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Dear High School Parents,

    Welcome back to CAC, and welcome to Highro-Glyphics, the weekly newsletter from the High School. This newsletter is released every Thursday to keep you informed of the goings on in our school.

    Welcome especially to our new students and their families. If they haven’t received it already, new parents will receive an invitation to a virtual orientation on Sunday morning, and new students will be welcomed to orientation on Monday.

    Thank you to the PTO for hosting a question and answer session today, and thank you for the great questions. We hope those of you who were able to attend were able to have your concerns addressed. We will continue to offer opportunities for you to learn more about our program in upcoming Principal Coffees (which will be virtual for now). The times and details will be announced in future newsletters.

    Blended Learning

    As has been communicated previously, the High School will start the year with a blended model, combining face-to-face instruction with online learning. Please click here to review the HS Blended Learning 2x2x1 Schedule.

    Students will be divided into two groups. Students and parents will be informed of their groups via email on Sunday, August 16. As the Middle School students are also being divided into groups, we will make sure Middle and High School siblings will be in the same groups.

    Modified Schedules, August 18-19

    The first two days of the school year, August 18-19, we will run a modified schedule to orient all students to this new model, explain important health and safety protocols, and give students the chance to meet their teachers. Group 1 will attend August 18, and Group 2 on August 19. Click here to see the August 18 & 19 Schedule.

    We will begin each of those days with a virtual assembly, which students will view in their Block A classes. So that students know their Block A class, student schedules will be made available on Skyward before the first day of school.We will cover some of those health and safety protocols, as well as welcome students back to campus and provide an overview of the coming year.

    As our classes are spread throughout different buildings, teachers will take time on those first two days to explain how the protocols will apply in their particular buildings and classrooms. While we will be able to provide absent students with some of this information electronically, these orientations are important, and any student who is able to attend on their assigned day should plan to do so.

    We appreciate that due to circumstances beyond their control, some families will not arrive in Cairo by August 18. If you are in this situation and have not already been in communication with me, please contact me at jduggan@cacegypt.org. Students unable to return to campus due to COVID-19 related travel complications have access to online materials and should contact their teachers after schedules are made available.

    Supplies

    Please take time to review the checklists for students and parents (click here) related to health and safety. Other than the items on the checklist, no other special supplies are needed for the first day of school beyond a writing utensil, paper, and laptop. Individual teachers will inform students of any special needs during the first classes. For now, students should bring a packed lunch. In the coming weeks, we do plan to allow students to order food deliveries to the back gate, as well as have off-campus privileges, but these privileges will not apply to the first two days of school.

    Islamic New Year

    Thursday, August 20 there will be no school for the Islamic New Year holiday. We hope your family enjoys a relaxing long weekend before the first full week of the 2x2x1 schedule begins August 23.

    Welcome New HS Faculty

    ● Ms. Allinson – Visual Arts
    ● Mr. Benson – Math
    ● Mr. Brauchle – Science
    ● Mr. Kaufman – Science
    ● Ms. Mills-Ossman – Learning Support Services
    ● Ms. Salmawy – Visual Arts
    ● Mr. Saratsiotis – Math
    ● Mr. Semler – Counseling

    School to Home Communication

    We want to ensure that you have the information you need for you and your child to successfully begin the academic school year. To keep from overwhelming you with papers, our primary source of information is your CAC Dashboard. There you will find the CAC calendar, which is frequently updated throughout the year; the calendar contains information on all the happenings on campus and is a useful planning tool. Additional information will be sent through email, this newsletter, and the morning announcements.

    The HS Morning Announcements are emailed to you every other day and list important information for students and parents.

    We also invite you to visit “Skyward” Family Access, which lists your child’s attendance and grades in all classes. To decrease students’ focus on points and grades, the Skyward grading platform is only visible to students/parents over the weekend each fortnight. Students are encouraged to talk to their teachers frequently about learning, rather than continually looking for grade updates via Skyward. Skyward opening dates are announced in this newsletter and the HS Morning Announcements.

    Finally, feel free to contact the Principal at jduggan@cacegypt.org or the Assistant Principal at rmccall@cacegypt.org. In addition, teachers can be contacted via email, using the first letter of first name followed by last name @cacegypt.org.

    To communicate with the academic departments, please communicate directly with the Department Heads:

    Ms. A. Gramolini – English
    Mr. E. Dunham – Math
    Ms. D. Shalaby – Arts
    Mr. L. Paul – PE
    Ms. D. Knox – Science
    Mr. A. Knox – Social Studies
    Mr. A. Pedrett – World Languages
    Mr. N. Williams – IB Program
    Mr. A. Gorman – Learning Support Services

    This school year will be challenging, but we hope that our phased reopening will allow us to continue to provide an outstanding education while we keep our amazing CAC community strong. We are excited to welcome back students on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings!

    Warm regards,

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    High School students and parents,

    The counselors wish you a warm welcome back!

    We have a new counselor this year, and here is the alpha split”

    Mr. Simon- last names A-E

    Ms. Bean – last names F-M

    Mr. Semler- last names N-Z

    All 9th graders: You will receive a link to the virtual 9th grader orientation on Monday. It will be recorded and the link will be sent to you for viewing starting Monday morning. Counselors will also be available for a real time q/a for a live session for a meet and greet on Monday. Look at your CAC email for that information soon!

    All students: your schedules will be sent to you as a PDF and through Skyward on Monday. Once you get your schedule, if you have questions, we will be available on email once classes get underway.

    All Students: New appointment system! The counselors will have a system by which student appointment can be made. Stay tuned for further information, and we are always available via email as well.

    Claudia Bean, Kasey Semler, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    New CAC Bus Application Form

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

    CAC Transportation Office

     

    Student Physical Reminder – 2020/2021

    A physical is required to be completed and sent to the health office on or before the first day of school for the students in Grades 3, 6 and 9.
    Forms are accepted either by email or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.
    https://www.cacegypt.org/PDF/Student_Physician_form.pdf

    CAC Health Office

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of June 10, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Thank you for reading this school year’s final edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    Dear parents,

    This has been a year unlike any other. Our students have demonstrated resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. They have continued their learning, friendships, and commitment to their community.

    In recent days I have received many emails from parents and students thanking us for how we have worked to keep our students’ education going through this crisis. We want you to know that we also appreciate you. We know that you also have had to make adjustments, such as working from home, helping your children of varying ages stay on task, sharing bandwidth with your kids, traveling unexpectedly, keeping students engaged from distant locations and time zones, supporting them as they persevered, and facing many other challenges you could not have anticipated. Thank you.

    Recently we have all witnessed painful reminders that the pandemic is not the only difficulty that needs to be addressed in our world. Racism remains a real, insidious, and persistent problem. Though events in the United States may be taking place far away, for many of us they have hit all too close to home. The High School fully supports the statement sent earlier today by our Head of School.

    We wish you and yours a happy and healthy summer. While at this time we do not know what the state of the world will be in the coming months, and we do not know exactly what our learning platform will look like at the start of the next school year, we do know that we look forward to the moment our students resume classes on August 18.

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● Yearbook Pickup
    ● Report Cards
    ● Graduation Survey
    ● Summer Assignments
    ● Moving on from CAC at the end of the year

    Yearbook Pickup

    Yearbooks may be picked up tomorrow from 1:00-3:00 pm in the Theater through the back gate (gate #3). Please refer to the email sent yesterday by Ms. McCall regarding the procedures.

    Report Cards

    Report cards will be available on Skyward on the afternoon of June 15.

    Graduation Survey

    Graduation for the class of 2020 has been postponed until August 14. Seniors were sent a survey to find out who anticipates being able to attend. If you are the parent of a senior, please make sure they check their school email and complete the survey. The survey will remain open throughout the summer, so it can be filled out again to reflect any changes in your family’s circumstances.

    Summer Assignments

    Summer IB HL assignments for the class of 2021 have been posted on CAC website. The typical expectation is 6-8 hours of required work over the summer. There is also a suggested reading list for the class of 2022.

    Moving on from CAC at the end of the year?

    To help us with our planning for next year, and in order to prepare your records in time for your departure if you haven’t already done so, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC at the end of this year.
    https://www.cacegypt.org/index.php/cac-withdrawal-request

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    High School Families,

    As the academic school year comes to an end, we want to wish you and your family good health for the upcoming summer break. After a very challenging spring semester, we can all use some time to rest and reduce screen time. We hope that you will take some time for self care and connecting with friends and family.

    Since many of our summer plans have been postponed or cancelled, you may be looking for some type of activity to keep yourself engaged in something you are passionate about. Below are two links that have a plethora of opportunities to keep your mind engaged in activities that are positive and fun. The first link focuses on social-emotional well-being, mental health and physical health. The second link has more academic based options. Many are free or low cost, and although they do involve some screen time, it would be an activity of your own choosing, so you can pick one that suits your summer schedule.

    We hope you are able to have a peaceful and restful summer break.

    ISCA resources

    Summer Programs Online 2020

     

    Claudia Bean, Stephanie Barker, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Moving on from CAC at the end of the year?

    To help us with our planning for next year, and In order to prepare your records in time for your departure if you haven’t already done so, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC at the end of this year.

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

    Registrar’s Office

    Student Physical Reminder for 2020/2021

    Dear Parents,

    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 completed and sent to the health office on or before the first day of school in August.

    We are more than happy to accept early completed physicals as of now, either by email or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.

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

    Best regards,

    Nagla and Claire
    CAC Health Office

    Curbside delivery feedback, please

    If you used our library curbside delivery service during these last months, please fill out this survey to let us know how we did.

    Happy summer reading!

    Thank you to all for a great year, even if it did have a different ending than we expected!

    You still have time to return library books. Drop them off at the front gate. It helps if you label them with “For MHS library” to make them easy to see.

    Returning students can request an extension on their books’ due dates until August 18. Please email Mrs. Fitzgerald, librarian@cacegypt.org or Ms. Lena, lrezk@cacegypt.org.

    Follow the MHS library on Instagram, @cacegyptlibrary, this summer for reading recommendations and book related posts. Take a #shelfie (selfie with a book) and tag with #CACEgyptReads.

    Sora is the portal to our ebook and digital audiobook collection. It is open 24/7! Log in with your CAC single sign on when you are asked for a Follett account. A screencast tutorial on how to access is here.

    Josianne Fitzgerald 
    MHS and Head Librarian

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of June 4, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

    Thank you for reading this school year’s penultimate edition of Highro-Glyphics!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● Returning Books / Items to Campus
    ● Graduation
    ● Final Classes
    ● Junior Class Meeting
    ● End-of-Year Assembly
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● Moving on from CAC at the end of the year

    Returning Books / Items to Campus

    Please see the email sent by Mr. Kumar yesterday regarding the return of materials June 7-9. Starting Sunday, June 7th, high school drop offs will be made from the back gate (gate #3).

    Graduation

    Graduation for the class of 2020 has been postponed until August 14. Seniors were sent a survey today to find out who anticipates being able to attend. If you are the parent of a senior, please make sure they check their school email and complete the survey.

    Final Classes

    Students should make every effort to attend a synchronous meeting for the last classes in the remaining blocks. Not all class meetings will last the full two hours. Those who cannot attend because of time zone differences should communicate in advance with teachers regarding expectations for the last days of school.

    Block 1 – 9:00 -11:00 am
    Block 2 – 1:00 -3:00 pm

    June 7: GH
    June 8: CD

    Junior Class Meeting

    The class of 2021 will be invited to an optional class meeting on June 8 at 12:00 noon to discuss the status of IB courses, talk about their upcoming senior year , and give them the chance to ask questions. They will receive invitations through email.

    End-of-Year Assembly

    All students (class of 2020 included) are invited to an optional end-of-year assembly on June 9 at 10:30 am. They will receive invitations through email.

    Skyward gradebook

    Skyward gradebook will close for student and parent viewing on the morning of June 8 so teachers may finish grades. It will re-open when report cards are issued on June 15. Students with outstanding loans or fines will be blocked from Skyward before report cards are released on June 15. See the HS Morning Announcements for more details.

    Moving on from CAC at the end of the year?

    To help us with our planning for next year, and In order to prepare your records in time for your departure if you haven’t already done so, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC at the end of this year.
    https://www.cacegypt.org/index.php/cac-withdrawal-request

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    High School Families,

    As the academic school year comes to an end, we want to wish you and your family good health for the upcoming summer break. After a very challenging spring semester, we can all use some time to rest and reduce screen time. We hope that you will take some time for self care and connecting with friends and family.

    Since many of our summer plans have been postponed or cancelled, you may be looking for some type of activity to keep yourself engaged in something you are passionate about. Below are two links that have a plethora of opportunities to keep your mind engaged in activities that are positive and fun. The first link focuses on social-emotional well-being, mental health and physical health. The second link has more academic based options. Many are free or low cost, and although they do involve some screen time, it would be an activity of your own choosing, so you can pick one that suits your summer schedule.

    We hope you are able to have a peaceful and restful summer break.

    ISCA resources

    Summer Programs Online 2020

     

    Claudia Bean, Stephanie Barker, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Moving on from CAC at the end of the year?

    To help us with our planning for next year, and In order to prepare your records in time for your departure if you haven’t already done so, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC at the end of this year.

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

    Registrar’s Office

    Student Physical Reminder for 2020/2021

    Dear Parents,

    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 completed and sent to the health office on or before the first day of school in August.

    We are more than happy to accept early completed physicals as of now, either by email or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.

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

    Best regards,

    Nagla and Claire
    CAC Health Office

    All library materials due now

    Thanks to all the families who have returned library books to the front gate.The library drop box will remain at the front gate all weekend, and books will be checked in on Sunday morning.

    Returning students have the option of requesting a renewal until August 12 of the books they have at home. Students wishing to take advantage of that must email Mrs. Fitzgerald, librarian@cacegypt.org.

    Withdrawing students and students with books that were due before the campus closed, must return their books or pay the replacement fines. If you fall in this category and have not received an invoice from me, please email me as above.

    Sora is open all summer long!

    You can keep reading with our ebook and digital audiobook collection on Sora. Download the Sora app to your mobile device and you’ll always have a book close at hand. Click here for a video tutorial on how to access Sora. You only need to remember that when Sora asks for your Follett account, it means your CAC username and password.

    Frequently Asked Questions about end-of-year procedures

    Please see this FAQs document I have prepared with some questions patrons have asked.

    Josianne Fitzgerald 
    MHS and Head Librarian

     

    Cairo USAGSO Girls Scouts Council supports a Happy Bride!
    Just before Eid El Fetr Holiday, Cairo USAGSO Girls Scouts Council donated the amount of $500 to Awlady Orphange. This amount was used to support their top priority need which was to help a young lady to purchase items to prepare for her marriage during the Eid holiday. The happy bride was excited to buy: perfumes, makeup, kitchen cabinet, baskets, mats, and other stuff that she needed. To know more about Awlady Orphange, please click here.

    Thank you Cairo USAGSO Girls Scouts Council for making this possible for the happy bride.

    Service Learning Office

     

    CAC PTO is happy to announce that the new Executive Board has been formed for the 2020/21 school year.

    The CAC PTO Executive Board for 2020/21:

    President: Ivana Lawrence
    Vice-President: Tiffany Gaura
    Secretary: Sara Salaheldin
    Treasurer: Salma Zaky
    ES CAF: Mariam Faltas
    MS CAF: Tatyana Foda
    HS CAF: Nada Doraid

    Our current Board has lost several members already due to early departures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to ensure that PTO business goes on without interruptions, a few of the new members will step in to fill their new roles immediately, namely President, Secretary and Treasurer.

    PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of May 21, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

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

    Thank you to everyone who attended the High School Recognition/End-of-Year Athletic Awards Ceremony, and congratulations to all of the students who were recognized for their outstanding achievements. It was wonderful to celebrate our students!

    Eid Mubarak!

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● Eid El Fitr Holiday
    ● Graduation
    ● “Master Classes” for Seniors
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● CIS Virtual Preparatory Accreditation Visit
    ● Yearbook Orders
    ● Final Exams
    ● Student Virtual Meetings with Mr. Duggan
    ● E-Learning Reminders
    ● Moving on from CAC at the end of the year

    Eid El Fitr Holiday

    There will be no e-learning classes on May 24-28 in recognition of the extended Eid El Fitr Holiday. We wish everyone a restful holiday.

    Graduation

    We will likely not be able to provide an update on the status of graduation until after Eid. If we do have any additional information before then, we will share it with seniors and their parents.

    “Master Classes” for Seniors

    Seniors really enjoyed the two “Master Classes” this week. Here is a photo of CAC alumnus Chase Waites preparing the kind of quick, tasty dish a college student craves!

    Skyward gradebook

    Skyward gradebook will close for student and parent viewing on June 8 so teachers may finish grades. It will re-open when report cards are issued on June 15. Students with outstanding loans or fines will be blocked from Skyward before report cards are released on June 15. See the HS Morning Announcements for more details.

    CIS Virtual Preparatory Accreditation Visit

    This week, CAC enjoyed a Virtual Preparatory Accreditation Visit by Priscilla Feir from the Middle States Association and George Hobson from the Council of International Schools (CIS). This visit is the culmination of several months’ work during which the school has measured itself against core standards from CIS’s revised International Accreditation Framework (2019). A detailed Preparatory Evaluation Report has been submitted which the evaluators used as the basis for a series of meetings with stakeholders.. The evaluator’s schedule included meetings with teachers, parents, students, and trustees on themes such as the school’s purpose and direction, curriculum, teaching and learning practices, and well-being. In addition, CAC is excited to be one of the first schools undertaking a remote preparatory evaluation using a recently published virtual accreditation protocol that has been put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school will receive a progress report from the evaluators which will be used to initiate a comprehensive self-study process starting next academic year and including broad representation from all stakeholders in CAC’s community.

    Yearbook Orders

    HS Parents, don’t wait to order your copy of the CAC 2019-2020 Yearbook!

    Fill out the following HS Yearbook Order Form to reserve your copy. Yearbooks will be on sale for LE 550. After June 2nd, the HS Yearbook will be available for 600 LE. For multiple copies, please fill out a separate form for each copy you request. Google forms will send you a confirmation receipt once your answers are submitted. Make sure to print out your emailed receipt to claim your copy. Parents who will fill out the form will be committed to purchase the 2019/20 Yearbook. Pick up date will be announced soon. Please check the morning announcements for more information.

    Final Exams

    Given the unusual circumstances of this year, we have decided not to hold final exams as originally planned. This change will allow teachers to add some instructional time to their classes, enable us to provide students with alternative assessments to demonstrate their learning, and mitigate the stress that might come from high stakes testing in a novel learning environment. Please see the morning announcements for more information and for the revised schedule for June 3-8. Students should make every effort to attend a synchronous meeting for the last class of each block. Those who cannot attend because of time zone differences should communicate in advance with teachers regarding expectations for the last days of school.

    Student Virtual Meetings with Mr. Duggan

    I will try to run a few more Flex meetings with students in the last two weeks of school. If your child receives a Google Meet invitation, please encourage them to join in.

    E-Learning Reminders

    ● We will continue the 2-day rotation of ABCD/EFGH for as long as we are using the e-learning platform.
    ● It is important that students try to maintain a regular schedule.
    ● Though e-learning remains asynchronous, students should make every effort to attend live sessions. When possible, teachers will record live sessions for the benefit of those who have connectivity problems or other issues.
    ● Remember that if you see an “N” in your student’s attendance in Skyward, it means their participation has been below expectations during that week. Please see the note below regarding the Skyward Gradebook.
    ● Teachers will continue to be available for office hours for a given class during the block that class would meet according to the two-day rotation. Of course, students may contact teachers by email at any time, but they should not expect to receive replies outside of regular school hours.
    ● It is very important that students also check email and respond to emails within 24 hours.

    Moving on from CAC at the end of the year?

    To help us with our planning for next year, and In order to prepare your records in time for your departure if you haven’t already done so, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC at the end of this year.
    https://www.cacegypt.org/index.php/cac-withdrawal-request

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    HS Parents, Common Sense Media is a website that has helpful articles about how students can navigate social media, school, and personal issues. This article is timely in that it offers suggestions on how to help your children during the pandemic:
    Common Sense Media

    10th and 11th grade HS families,

    Over the years, CAC has provided students information regarding standardized tests that are traditionally used for US admissions (SAT & ACT). Along with holding the practice test each fall for students in Grades 10 and 11 (PreACT & PSAT), we have offered classes on campus from our preferred provider, Higher Ground Learning.

    The application cycle and university admissions requirements will look very different for the Class of 2021 and 2022. Already at this point, more than 54% of US universities have dropped the requirement for standardized tests as part of the admissions process for Fall 2021 entry. The College Board and ACT are assessing if and where an in-person test may be offered next fall, and they are also looking into creating an online test option. However, if a university has already dropped the standardized test requirement for next cycle, they will not reinstate it.

    Universities in the USA will continue to rely on transcripts, essays and academic resumes to assess their applicant pool.

    Since many of you are applying to universities that may still require a test score, we want to make you aware of this test prep opportunity from Higher Ground Learning for next fall:

    highergroundprep.com/enroll/CAC2020

    At this time, it is not assured that Higher Ground Learning can send an instructor to Cairo to teach the class in person. However, they will be able to offer the course online. The link above gives details about the course including the fees. The registration deadline is June 5, 2020.

    This is an individual decision, so please contact your counselor to discuss your circumstances so we can advise based on your plans.

    11th Graders – Requesting Teacher Recommendation Letters

    Please make sure to read Mr. Simon’s email that was sent on May 10th. This includes specific information about the process and deadlines you need to follow in order to request a teacher recommendation. A copy of that email can be found here.

    Seniors, your counselors are staying up to date with the latest developments in university admissions for fall 2020. We will reach out to you with as much relevant information as possible. Also feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

    Parents and students, please remember that your high school counselors are here to support you! We are a resource for questions that you may have about your classes, being organized for e-learning, future university goals, or just to chat about anything in general. We want you to know that we are here for you!

     

    Claudia Bean, Stephanie Barker, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Moving on from CAC at the end of the year?

    To help us with our planning for next year, and In order to prepare your records in time for your departure if you haven’t already done so, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC at the end of this year.

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

    Registrar’s Office

    Student Physical Reminder for 2020/2021

    Dear Parents,

    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 completed and sent to the health office on or before the first day of school in August.

    We are more than happy to accept early completed physicals as of now, either by email or hand-delivered to security at the front gate.

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

    Best regards,

    Nagla and Claire
    CAC Health Office

    End of year dates

    These dates have been modified to the new extended Eid holiday.

    June 1st – last day of curbside delivery
    June 4th – all library materials due

    Please note that students who will be returning for the 2020-2021 may request to have their currently checked out books due dates extended to August. Students wishing to take advantage of this must email Mrs. Fitzgerald, librarian@cacegypt.org.

    Students who do not clear their library accounts will not be able to access Skyward for their end-of-year report cards until they return all library materials or pay replacement fines.

    FAQs for end-of-year MHS library procedures

    Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the end-of-year procedures for the MHS library.

    If this FAQs document does not answer your questions, please email Mrs. Fitzgerald, librarian@cacegypt.org.

    Josianne Fitzgerald 
    MHS and Head Librarian

    CAC PTO is happy to announce that the new Executive Board has been formed for the 2020/21 school year.

    The CAC PTO Executive Board for 2020/21:

    President: Ivana Lawrence
    Vice-President: Tiffany Gaura
    Secretary: Sara Salaheldin
    Treasurer: Salma Zaky
    ES CAF: Mariam Faltas
    MS CAF: Tatyana Foda
    HS CAF: Nada Doraid

    Our current Board has lost several members already due to early departures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to ensure that PTO business goes on without interruptions, a few of the new members will step in to fill their new roles immediately, namely President, Secretary and Treasurer.

    PTO

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  • Highro Glyphics Newsletter Week of May 14, 2020

    CAC High School Principal’s Notes

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

    This week three roving teams (Ms. Rabie & Mr. Williams, Ms. McCall & Ms. Davis Hall, Dr. Harris & yours truly) delivered some very cool gift bags to seniors around Cairo. These deliveries were actually a secret, and we still have some bags left to deliver, so SHHHH!!! They include some special 2020 memorabilia and some other great gifts from the Advancement Office to congratulate our soon-to-be graduates as they transition from students to alumni. I know the students Dr. Harris and I met were happy and grateful, if a bit stunned to be greeted in the morning by two administrators wearing masks and gloves. Thanks especially to Engy Rabie for arranging this complex operation!

    Some seniors haven’t received their gift bag yet. We plan more deliveries on Tuesday (SHHHH!!!). Also, some did not update their address in the survey sent last week, so we couldn’t find them. Please make sure they complete the survey if they haven’t already.

    Here is what we have coming up:

    Principal’s Notes Highlights:

    ● Graduation
    ● “Master Classes” for Seniors
    ● High School Recognition Night/Athletic Awards
    ● CIS Virtual Preparatory Accreditation Visit
    ● Yearbook Orders
    ● Final Exams
    ● Student Virtual Meetings with Mr. Duggan
    ● E-Learning Reminders
    ● Skyward Gradebook
    ● Moving on from CAC at the end of the year

    Graduation

    An email explaining specific plans was sent to seniors and their parents this week. Of course, ultimately we need to follow government decrees, and we will keep the community apprised of any changes.

    “Master Classes” for Seniors

    Two of our illustrious CAC alumni are offering online “Master Classes” to our seniors. On May 17, Hassan Abdou will offer a session on entrepreneurship. Chase Waites’ virtual cooking class, originally scheduled for this week, had to be postponed due to a power outage and has been rescheduled for May 20. Seniors will be sent more information and invitations via email. Please encourage your senior to participate!

    High School Recognition/Athletic Awards Virtual Ceremony

    The annual High School Recognition Ceremony will take place online May 18 at 4:00 pm. This year’s ceremony will include the End-of-Year Athletic Awards. Recipients have received invitations via email. but everyone is welcome to attend (virtually, of course) and can join through this link. Because there is a limit to the number of people who may attend, we ask that families log in from one computer and attend the ceremony together if possible. If parents do need to login separately, we ask that they do so through their CAC parent email account.

    CIS Virtual Preparatory Accreditation Visit

    During the week commencing 17th May, CAC will be undergoing a Virtual Preparatory Accreditation Visit by Priscilla Feir from the Middle States Association and George Hobson from the Council of International Schools (CIS). This visit is the culmination of several months’ work during which the school has measured itself against core standards from CIS’s revised International Accreditation Framework (2019). A detailed Preparatory Evaluation Report has been submitted which the evaluators will be using as the basis for a series of meetings with stakeholders next week. The evaluator’s schedule includes meetings with teachers, parents, students, and trustees on themes such as the school’s purpose and direction, curriculum, teaching and learning practices, and well-being. In addition, CAC is excited to be one of the first schools undertaking a remote preparatory evaluation using a recently published virtual accreditation protocol that has been put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of the visit, the school will receive a progress report from the evaluators which will be used to initiate a comprehensive self-study process starting next academic year and including broad representation from all stakeholders in CAC’s community.

    Yearbook Orders

    HS Parents, don’t wait to order your copy of the CAC 2019-2020 Yearbook!

    Fill out the following HS Yearbook Order Form to reserve your copy. Yearbooks will be on sale for LE 550.  After June 2nd, the HS Yearbook will be available for 600 LE. For multiple copies, please fill out a separate form for each copy you request. Google forms will send you a confirmation receipt once your answers are submitted. Make sure to print out your emailed receipt to claim your copy. Parents who will fill out the form will be committed to purchase the 2019/20 Yearbook. Pick up date will be announced soon. Please check the morning announcements for more information.

    Final Exams

    Given the unusual circumstances of this year, we have decided not to hold final exams as originally planned. This change will allow teachers to add some instructional time to their classes, enable us to provide students with alternative assessments to demonstrate their learning, and mitigate the stress that might come from high stakes testing in a novel learning environment. Please see the morning announcements for more information and for the revised schedule for June 3-8. Students should make every effort to attend a synchronous meeting for the last class of each block. Those who cannot attend because of time zone differences should communicate in advance with teachers regarding expectations for the last days of school.

    Student Virtual Meetings with Mr. Duggan

    My Flex Block virtual meetings are back! If your child receives a Google Meet invitation, please encourage them to join in.

    E-Learning Reminders

    ● We will continue the 2-day rotation of ABCD/EFGH for as long as we are using the e-learning platform.
    ● It is important that students try to maintain a regular schedule.
    ● Though e-learning remains asynchronous, students should make every effort to attend live sessions. When possible, teachers will record live sessions for the benefit of those who have connectivity problems or other issues.
    ● Remember that if you see an “N” in your student’s attendance in Skyward, it means their participation has been below expectations during that week. Please see the note below regarding the Skyward Gradebook.
    ● Teachers will continue to be available for office hours for a given class during the block that class would meet according to the two-day rotation. Of course, students may contact teachers by email at any time, but they should not expect to receive replies outside of regular school hours.
    ● It is very important that students also check email and respond to emails within 24 hours.

    Skyward Gradebook

    The gradebook section of Family Access on Skyward will remain open as long as we are engaged in e-learning. This will provide students and parents a way to track completion of assignments. Be aware that teachers may post assignments that have not been graded, or even collected, therefore a mark with of * (asterisk) is not cause for concern. However, a mark of “0” means that the work is overdue, and that it has been factored into the semester grade.

    Moving on from CAC at the end of the year?

    To help us with our planning for next year, and In order to prepare your records in time for your departure if you haven’t already done so, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC at the end of this year.
    https://www.cacegypt.org/index.php/cac-withdrawal-request

     

    Jerry Duggan               Rachel McCall
                    HS Principal                  HS Assistant Principal

     

    Counseling Department Announcements

    10th and 11th grade HS families,

    Over the years, CAC has provided students information regarding standardized tests that are traditionally used for US admissions (SAT & ACT). Along with holding the practice test each fall for students in Grades 10 and 11 (PreACT & PSAT), we have offered classes on campus from our preferred provider, Higher Ground Learning.

    The application cycle and university admissions requirements will look very different for the Class of 2021 and 2022. Already at this point, more than 54% of US universities have dropped the requirement for standardized tests as part of the admissions process for Fall 2021 entry. The College Board and ACT are assessing if and where an in-person test may be offered next fall, and they are also looking into creating an online test option. However, if a university has already dropped the standardized test requirement for next cycle, they will not reinstate it.

    Universities in the USA will continue to rely on transcripts, essays and academic resumes to assess their applicant pool.

    Since many of you are applying to universities that may still require a test score, we want to make you aware of this test prep opportunity from Higher Ground Learning for next fall:

    highergroundprep.com/enroll/CAC2020

    At this time, it is not assured that Higher Ground Learning can send an instructor to Cairo to teach the class in person. However, they will be able to offer the course online. The link above gives details about the course including the fees. The registration deadline is June 5, 2020.

    This is an individual decision, so please contact your counselor to discuss your circumstances so we can advise based on your plans.

     

    Claudia Bean, Stephanie Barker, Cameron Simon
    HS Counseling

    General Announcements

    Moving on from CAC at the end of the year?

    To help us with our planning for next year, and In order to prepare your records in time for your departure if you haven’t already done so, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC at the end of this year.

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

    Registrar’s Office

    2020/2021 Detailed Calendar

    • 2020/21 detailed calendar is now available online.
    • Proposed dates for CAC Week Without Walls (HS) and Prime Trips (MS) for the SECOND SEMESTER of the 2020-2021 school year will be confirmed in August 2020 by the CAC administration for February 14-18 or March 21-25, 2021.

    Scott Fitzgerald
    Activities & Athletic Director

    End of year preparations for the MHS library

    May 28 – last day of curbside delivery
    June 1 – all library materials due back

    Please return your library materials by June 1. There is a library drop box at the CAC front gate, now from 10 am to 3 pm daily, except for weekends and holidays. If you miss the drop box, please give to the gate guards but label with your name and “MHS library” so the guards know to pass them on to us.

    Patrons can see what materials they have out by following these steps:

    1. Visit the library catalog, library.cacegypt.org
    2. Choosing the MHS library, THEN logging in with their CAC single sign on
    a. Parents, please log in to the ES library, regardless of what division your children are in.
    3. Click on the “My Info” tab.

    The “My Info” tab will have a list of all the materials currently checked out to the patron.

    Overdue notices for library materials due back before school closed (May 12) will be going out on Sunday for the next two weeks and daily in June. Please return all your library materials.

    Please contact Mrs. Fitzgerald, librarian@cacegypt.org, with questions about your library account.

    Josianne Fitzgerald 
    MHS and Head Librarian

    Booster Club Thank You to Teachers

    Please click on the link (or copy and paste) to watch some of our students thank our deserving teachers for all that they do.
    Thank you to the families who sent in videos/pictures.
    Please enjoy!
    https://youtu.be/wgujAd6SwW8

    Booster Club