News and Views 04-13-2017

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 April 13, 2017
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MS Trimester 3 Progress Reports issued

Thursday April 13th


Spring Break

Sunday April 16th - Saturday April 22nd


Sinai Liberation Day Holiday

Tuesday April 25th


JMUN - Rome

Tuesday April 25th - Satrurday April 29th





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Dear Parents,


Thank you for reading this week’s edition of the Middle School News and Views. We have enjoyed another great week of learning here in the Middle School.


We posted trimester three Progress Reports via Skyward this afternoon. If you have difficulty accessing the report, please send an email to We hope that you will find this snapshot of your child’s learning to be helpful feedback for both you and your child as we head into the final few weeks of school. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the classroom teacher.


Today was the final day of our Spirit Week and once again it was an eventful, high-energy week. The reason behind scheduling Spring Break immediately after Spirit Week, is that it takes students and teachers time to recover from all the energy spent during this week.










On Wednesday, April 26th we will have our Annual General Meeting, to hear about CAC’s accomplishments during 2016 -2017 school year, and our directional focus as we look ahead. I would also like to applaud the two recent nominees on the board of directors, May Oweiss and Karim Kamel. Schools such as CAC are successful in a large part because of parents who engage in partnership with us. By attending events like the AGM or showing interest in serving in CAC governance, parents work together with us toward the shared goal of making CAC the best school that it can be.

As May approaches, it is time for CAC to conduct year end assessments. All year end assessments allow teachers, parents, and students to gauge levels of learning through external assessments. External assessments are important as they provide a different point of data about student learning. CAC limits the number of external assessments to the minimum necessary to provide useful information for all stakeholders.

After spring break, this year, there will be two cross division assessments: Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL).

MAP testing is administered to grades 3 - 9 each fall and spring in the subjects of Mathematics, Reading, and Language Usage. CAC will be testing from May 2nd - May 18th. East test is conducted via computers and lasts approximately an hour. Individual student results will be shared with you in early June.

Overall school results will be communicated to the school community in early June and at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

MAP is an adaptive criterion referenced test, meaning that it determines the performance level of each individual student. Students receive a RIT (Rasch Unit) score which places students on a continuum. There is no “grade level” standard, but there are averages for a grade level. The spring tests are important as they will show your child’s individual growth from the fall testing session.
More information about RIT is located at the MAP site.

AAPPL is a proficiency assessment for world languages. This is the second year that we have administered AAPPL in grades 4 - 12, Arabic, French, and Spanish. As with MAP, assessments are conducted on the computer and results will be sent home. The assessments take up to 30 minutes. Teachers in individual classes will administer AAPPL during the month of May.

Teachers will inform students of their testing day for each assessment. Please ensure that your child has a good night’s rest the previous evening and a good breakfast each test day. Encourage your child to take each assessment seriously.
Please let me or David Chadwell, Curriculum Coordinator, ( know if you have any questions.

We hope that you will all enjoy the upcoming Spring Break holiday. Thank you again for reading the Middle School News and Views.



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MS Spirit Week 


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 From the MS Maker Day last Thursday April 6th


Here is the link to photos




Moving from CAC at the end of the year? 

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




CAC Basketball Skills Development

CAC Basketball Skill Development is designed to give students an opportunity to develop and build upon their skills and knowledge of the game in an inclusive environment while building and strengthening relationships with their peers.

CAC Basketball Skill Development is aimed at students in grades 5-8, both genders, and no experience is necessary.

When: Wednesdays (April 26-May 24) 
Where: Main Gym
Who: CAC Coaches/Volunteers




Booster Club Financial Assistance Program


The CAC Booster Club supports a limited number of traveling CAC student-athletes and activities participants each season with a cash grant equal to half of the cost of the athletic/activities trip, not to exceed $500.00 US dollars. This assistance is available to families on the basis of need, and limited to funds on hand and to one time per student, per school year. The application process is confidential. A committee that includes four members of the CAC faculty and/or administration and a Booster Club member will review applications.
Click here to apply for season 3 CAC Booster club financial assistance program




For Upcoming Games' Schedule
Check out the following link: 
Spring 2016-2017



Annual Community Surveys Coming Soon


Every year CAC surveys community members do gather important feedback about multiple topics: student learning, campus facilities, curriculum, activities and sports, and leadership. Surveys are sent to parents, students, teachers and staff, and trustees.
Surveys are completed electronically and are anonymous.

Input from parents is especially important because you selected CAC as the place to educate your child. The surveys will arrive by email in the near future.
The surveys will take less than 20 minutes to complete.
There are opportunities to provide written feedback as well.

As with last year, if you have more than one child attending CAC at different grade levels, you have the opportunity to complete a portion of the survey for each child at CAC separately. This gives you the chance to provide specific feedback based on the different experiences of each child.

Each parent/guardian is encouraged to complete the survey.

If you have any questions, please contact David Chadwell, Curriculum Coordinator,




Lost and Found


Part of educating students at CAC is encouraging independence through increasing responsible behaviors. We constantly encourage students to label their items so that they are easily identified and returned back to the owner. It is also important that students know what to do when they lose any of their items.


Here is what we advise students to do when they report a lost item:

1- Look everywhere (lost & found table/class/playground/inside backpacks/home ,etc,...)
2- Ask Others (friends/teachers/parents/siblings,etc,..)
3-Ask parents to report to the lost and found link. Upper grade students can do this too.
4- Use the same link to report when item is found.


In order to support our students and community members with the above process, we created the below Lost and Found link to help us track of lost and found items.



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From the PTO


PTO Open Positions:
If you want to get more involved and help out, come join us on the PTO Board. We have the fallowing positions open : Vice President, Treasurer, MS CAF and ES CAF.
If you are intreseted or need more information please send an email to, by April 27th.


PTO Nespresso Capsule Collection:
In support of Earth Day and CAC's relationship with A.P.E., PTO will be holding a school-wide collection of the much- loved Nespresso capsules... After collection, CAC will deliver the empty capsules to A.P.E., who use them to create fun jewelry. We also look forward to a visit from A.P.E. in the future as another way to support their efforts in raising money.
What to do: after use, empty out the capsules and start a collection bag. Drop off boxes will be on campus starting April 2.
Start saving those capsules!!! Lets see how much we can collect for A.P.E!!!

Calling all artists and business owners in the CAC Community! We are less than two months away from the PTO Gala and we need your help!We would love to feature your art work or business services in our raffle and silent auctions raising funds for our children.
Please let us know if you can donate any original artwork or offer services that your businesses provide.
We also need more cash donations and business sponsors! And our raffle can use any new gift items that you may have around the house and do not need. Please contact Hengameh Murphy ( or Carmen Awn ( with questions or contributions.


Walking Tour of Heliopolis, Monday April 24, 2017
*Please note that due to a national holiday the date of this trip has been changed from April 25 to April 24.
We will stop by the Baron Palace, built by the Belgian-born industrialist, Baron-General Eduard Louis Joseph Empain (1852-1929) who also founded the modern Heliopolis area in 1907.
We will walk through the beautiful El Korba section, a quaint shopping district that boasts original architecture, fascinating cultural sites as well as some of Cairo’s finest cafés and restaurants. We will walk in the European style commercial streets, and try to see the Basilique church, Adly Madgar Jewish synagogue, Hippodrome square, Maryland park, El Tahra palace, and Saray el Qubbah. If there is time, we may stop at a cafe for coffee or lunch.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
You can sign up using the link below:


The Citadel, The Sultan Hassan Mosque & Madrasa, Al-Rifa’i Mosque
Monday May 22,2016
The Saladin Citadel of Cairo is a medieval Islamic fort, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo. The Citadel was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city.
The complex includes the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, which dominates the skyline of Cairo with its beautiful alabaster dome, the Mosque of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad, the Mosque of Sulayman Pasha, Gawhara Palace; and several museums.
Afterwards we will visit the nearby Sultan Hassan Mosque & Madrasa, and Al-Rifa’i Mosque.
*Please cover shoulders and knees, wear loose pants or a long skirt, and bring a scarf.*
You can sign up using the link below:
All PTO trips cost 100LE per person for transportation, a professional tour guide and security when necessary.Entrance fees, meals, refreshments, and any shopping are the participants responsibility. We meet at 8:15 a.m. at the back gate of CAC and the bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. We will return to school by 2:00 p.m. Please be sure to leave a mobile phone number when you register. Minimum of 10 participants required.





Three Cheers to the STUCO and Ms. Herrera for their efforts in selecting next year’s vendors for the Middle School.


Three Cheers to all the house leaders who made Spirit Week a memorable experience for all students.


Three Cheers to all teachers for getting Progress Reports completed on time.


Three Cheers to Fadi, Rosanna and Fides for their efforts with trimester three Progress Reports.