News&Views, Week of September, 30th, 2021

Middle School Principal’s Letter

Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s version of the News and Views. It was a busy week of learning, exploring, and having fun.

In grade seven physical education class, students learn about smart goals, and the benefits of setting a goal before participating in the fitness unit. Each student had to learn about the various components of fitness and how to take a resting and active heartbeat.

The focus message in the advisory program this week is on perseverance and developing a growth mindset. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to invite an extraordinary guest – Egyptian Paraolympian Zeiad Khalil (Our CAC cashier – Ms.Ghada’s son), who recently participated in the Paralympic Games in Japan. Zeiad gave a strong speech to our students about his life story of perseverance. It was a remarkable experience for our students given all that he had to endure growing up.

Grade 8 Parent Tea
: A reminder of the invite for Grade 8 parents to attend an informational session on Tuesday, October 5, from 8:00 to 9:00 AM in Room 116. Grade 8 teachers and students will provide parents with information about our coursework, strategies, resources, and tools for students’ academic success and social-emotional wellbeing. We will also explore ways to help your child prepare for the upcoming transition to High School. As we are in Phase 3 of CAC’s COVID-19 Operational Manual, we ask each attendee to complete this RSVP form by Monday, October 4, by 3:00 PM, so we can adequately accommodate the number of participants and meet mitigation guidelines. If you cannot attend, we will be sharing the information presented in both the Morning Announcements and the MS News & Views later that week.

On Wednesday, October 6th, we will be issuing our first Progress Report Cards. We will be reporting out on the student’s commitment to their Approaches to Learning (ATLs).

  • Standard ATL feedback (Consistently, Usually, Sometimes, and Rarely) will report the students’ commitment to learning.
  • Only students receiving “Rarely” in the ATLs at school will receive a written comment.
  • New students will receive a written comment welcoming them to CAC.

Progress Reports will give us a baseline for how students can grow over the course of the year.

Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

In Partnership,
Courtney Bailey
The Middle School Office


CAC Talks

Sunday October 3rd 5:30pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 847 7971 6980 Passcode: 168709


From Swimming
CAC Swim-A-Thon Fall 2021


NESA Parents as Partners Webinar Series – Session 3
October 5, 4:00-5:00pm (Athens, Greece GMT+3)

In Our Classrooms, In Our Schools: What is the Story of Learning?
With Mark Church

Consider these questions with the Harvard Project Zero Cultures of Thinking initiative: Just what would it mean for classrooms to take on an intentional stance to cultivate and grow thinking habits in students that supports their inquiry, their skill development, and their meaning-making? What difference does paying attention to developing students’ thinking dispositions make to what students can take with them long into adulthood?


  • There is no limit on the number of signups from your school. Parents/faculty who cannot attend live are welcome to view recordings on the NESA website. Recordings will also be sent by email following each session.
  • Parents who have not previously registered or cannot locate their link may register with Zoom HERE. A personalized link to join the session will automatically be emailed to them. This link may be used to access all the webinars.
  • We kindly request that you do not share the Zoom registration link or the recordings publicly.Thank you for joining us on this journey!
    The NESA Team


From MS/HS Library

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

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

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


Three Cheers

Three Cheers to Ms. Torky for spearheading the visit of Paralympian Zeiad Kahil.

Three Cheers to our leadership team and the work they do to support teachers and students.

Three Cheers to the athletic office for their organization of the Digla Dash last week in the Wadi.

Three Cheers to our parent volunteers Amanda Luck, Johana Zarkani, Dali Mukherjee, Gina Krapf, and Nina El Shabrawy on Pizza Day.