Head of School 01-24-2018

 

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 Head of School's Newsletter - January 24, 2018
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Supporting the Home/School Partnership

Thank you to the many parents who made the effort to come out to several different events at CAC in support of the all-important Home/School partnership.

The Elementary School hosted a Math Morning today, in which ES teachers shared some background research and the philosophy of the CAC ES approach to Math teaching and learning. Parents also got to try their hands at a few sample Math problems...a bit of head scratching may have been going on!

In the Middle School, Mr. Bailey held a parent coffee today and addressed the sometimes difficult issue of our students’ behavior online. He presented data about teen ‘sexting’ in the US, and parents shared tips and ideas for working with your children on responsible and safe digital citizenship. Also discussed was a new ‘app’ called ‘Sarahah’ which, though it means ‘honesty’ in Arabic, is an app that allows for totally anonymous postings. Unfortunately, for many humans, the ability to be totally anonymous doesn’t bring out our most constructive feedback, but rather allows people to be cruel, vulgar, and hurtful online. Yet another new tech development to ask your kids about.

In the High School, about 100 parents turned out Tuesday night for the Counselors’ 11th grade College Information Night, launching the coming year of hard work, research, and, I’m afraid to say, anxiety for our 11th graders. It is so great to have so many parents ready to support their high school students through this process, which can be highly stressful.

 

Finally, the Athletics Department held ‘Meet the Coaches Nights’ for winter season sports, sharing important information about our upcoming ISST trips.

It is great to be in a community with so much parent involvement and support. The home/school partnership and open channels of communication between school and home  play a vital role in students’ health, welfare, and ultimate success.

Speaking of success, our kids, and digital citizenship, here is a great recent Simon Sinek video about the challenges of millennials in the workplace (and life). Parents get a bit of a bad rap in his talk, but there is much food for thought in his talk. Link here. (thanks to our Tech Director, Santha Kumar, for sharing) On the lighter, but still poignant side, here’s another video that takes a poke at millennials in the workplace.

 

College Admissions News

Congrats to the following seniors for their recent admissions!!! Great news for the New Year!

Semine: McMasters University, Hamilton Ontario, and  Univ of Guelph,

Annika: Ithaca College

Ombar: Conditional at Newcastle, Reading, and Sheffield Universities

Isabella: Northeastern University

Aynur: Ryerson, Conditional at Birmingham University

Malaika: U of Mary Washington

Patrick: Francis Marion University and Lander University

Ismael: Texas A & M

Seif: Hartwick University

Che: Kansas State University, and Embry Riddle in Prescott, AZ

Hamza: Accepted to Arizona State and University Illinois at Chicago

Nicola: Conditional at Southampton Solent Univ,Univ. of E. London, and Univ. of Greenwich

Layla: Accepted to Univ of South Florida; Conditional offer to Ryerson University

OmarE:  Early decision offer to Bentley University

Regular decision offers from Loyola University Chicago and Suffolk University

Malak: Conditional offers to City University of London and University of Westminster

OmarE2:  Conditional offers to University of Bristol and University of Leeds

 

CAC College Admissions Data

Some interesting statistics from last night’s Junior College Information Night:

CAC’s class of 2017

  • There were  76 Students in the CAC Senior Class of 2017.

  • They filed 539 applications to 276 different universities and colleges

  • Gaining 339 admissions. (for an acceptance rate of 58%*).

  • Ultimately, they attended 64 different universities in 13 countries and 17 states and 3 provinces.*

  • The most popular schools applied to were University of  Toronto (17), Northeastern University (13), McGill (12), UCLA (12), UBC (11), UC Berkeley (11), UC San Diego (11), Boston University (10), New York University (10), and Concordia (10).

*(our data comes from what students reported on Naviance, which in some cases is incomplete as some seniors did not fill in final information about matriculation...we think our actual acceptance rate is higher than 58% and that our seniors last year likely attended more than 64 different universities)

Way to go, Eagles!!

 

Campus Access Requests online

Parents wishing to bring friends and family to campus will request access through an online form  from now on. This form is available on the parent dashboard. This form will capture the needed information and send it to the appropriate administrator for approval and communicate the decision to the user and the security team. A tutorial is also available on the dashboard in case you need help with filling out the form.

 

Board Meeting, Board/HOS Information Session

The CAC Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, Jan 31 at 6pm in MS 115. As always, the Board meeting is open to the parents, teachers, and staff of CAC.

The Board and Head of School will hold an Informational session for parents, teachers and staff the following morning, February 1st, at 8am, also in MS Room 115.

 

From the PTO:

We would like to welcome everyone back!

We hope that your holidays were filled with good cheer and you are back well-rested and refreshed! We are looking forward to an exciting second semester with you all!

 

NEXT PTO MEETING:

The next monthly PTO meeting will be on Tuesday January 23rd at 1:30 pm at the PTO Room (#626A) which is located on the second floor of the admin building near the front entrance. All parents are always welcome! Please try to attend a meeting at least once to see what we do!

 

UPCOMING PTO PARENT TRIPS:

The next Parent Trip will be an Arts and Crafts Walking Tour of Zamalek on Monday, February 19. please register using the link below:

Arts & Crafts Walking Tour of Zamalek.


INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL:

Planning is underway for the Cairo American College’s 2018 International Festival on Friday March 16.

If you are interested in organizing a booth for your country or volunteering in any other capacity, please contact the International Festival Coordinator, Kourtney LaGesse, at cacinternationalfestival@gmail.com.

 

CAC GALA

Friday May 4, 2018

The CAC Gala is one of our major fundraising events for all our activities throughout the year.

 

This year’s Gala theme will be ANCIENT EGYPT! Ladies, channel your inner Cleopatra and get ready to step back in time in all your (Egyptian inspired) glamour!

Gentlemen, don’t worry! We don’t expect you to dress up as a Pharaoh, (unless you really want to!) but we promise you will have a fantastic time!​​

The gala committee will have its first meeting on Sunday January 21 at 10 am.

If you would like to get involved or if you can support/sponsor this important PTO fundraiser in any way, please contact Hengameh Murphy, the CAC Gala Coordinator at murphysaroundtheworld@yahoo.com

 

 

PTO FACEBOOK GROUP:

This private group is a good way to keep informed of all the PTO activities, see pictures of our events and communicate with fellow PTO members.

You can join the CAC PTO group on Facebook using the following link.  

https://www.facebook.com/groups/967673493286462/