Superintendent 12-08-2016

 Superintendent's Newsletter - December 08, 2016

Great Job by CAC Students at Speech and Debate Tournament

Eight CAC high school students competed in the New European Speech, Debate, and Acting Association last weekend at the International School of Brussels and represented CAC with highly successful performances. Seven of our students advanced to elimination rounds, better than in any previous year of CAC participation.

Screen Shot 2016 12 07 at 11.57.04 AMJee Song (10) and Hussein Farid (10) advanced to the quarter finals in debate where they were defeated as they argued a resolution related to the European Union. Impromptu speaker semi-finalists were Layla Murphy (10), Hussein Farid (10) and Liam Richardson (9), and Layla advanced to the final round where she placed fifth. In original oratory, Layla, Tamara Ahmed (10) and Seif Hikal (10) advanced to the semi-finals; Layla advanced to the finals where she finished second. Aynur Shaikh (11) made it to the finals in comic oral interpretation and finished in fourth place. Layla and Aynur advanced to the finals of dramatic duet acting and were awarded the gold medals for their performance. Not only did they earn the gold medals, but they also received the students’ choice award.

These students positively and proudly represented CAC high school in every way with their energy, enthusiasm, support for each other and the respect that they earned from other schools’ students and teachers. High school students will have a second opportunity for competition as they will return to spring tournament.

Thanks to Mr. Waldoch, Mr. Bryans, and Mr. White for chaperoning.


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Maadi Community Theater Play--Tonight!

Reminder: enter via the Gate nearest the Theater; neither front nor back gates.

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College Admissions News

We expect a big week next week, but a few more admissions have arrived, cheering CAC Seniors: Congrats to Sam Knox for admission to Cal State Fullerton and to Chang Wook Park, who was admitted to Purdue University, in Indiana. Way to Go, Seniors!!

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Dr. Harris Presents!

Screen Shot 2016 12 07 at 5.27.23 PMCongratulations to CAC’s Dr. Harris, who was invited to present along with other leaders in the area of student led discussion in the high school classroom. Presenting at Beijing University, he spoke to a large audience (nearly 1000 folks) about his thinking on the Harkness method.






Book Fair

We hope everybody enjoyed the PTO BOOK FAIR!
A big thank you to our organizers, Sarah Salmawy, Rana Harouny and Sandrine Kachour. Their dedication and hard work made the Book Fair possible.

We would also like to thank the Booster Club for the delicious treats.
We are grateful for the support of Soha Daghash and Farida Khamis, our main sponsors. Without the tents and carpets, the Book Fair would not have been as successful.

PTO Meetings
We need your help!
Not many parents attend our PTO meetings! The meetings currently take place on the first Tuesday of every month at the PTO room on the second floor of the old admin building at 1:30 pm.

In order to maximize parent participation in the PTO, we would like to know when is the most convenient time for most parents to attend. Please take the quick survey on our Facebook page and choose the option that suits you best.

Starting in January through the end of this school year, we plan to rotate the time of PTO monthly meetings between 8am, 1:30 pm and 6 pm to see if we can get more parents to attend. Parent turnout during the next semester will help us determine the best time for these meetings in the next school year.
Below is the link to our PTO Facebook page:


PTO Parent Trip December 12:
Khan el Khalili:
Get your holiday shopping done in style while learning to haggle with the best! We will guide you to our favorite shops in the Khan, stopping to absorb the history of this medieval market. Cap the day with a delicious lunch at Naguib Mahfouz!
All trips need at least 10 people to operate. The cost is 100LE, which covers transportation, security, and tour guide. Entrance fees, meals, refreshments, and any shopping is the participant’s responsibility.

We meet at 8:30 a.m. at the back gate of CAC and return no later than 2:00 p.m.
We will be accompanied by a professional tour guide and a security guide from CAC.
You can sign up via the link below. Please leave us your phone # when you sign up.

Dec 12 trip:



Tortoise Update

The ES has added an After School Activity: Tortoise Club for the 2nd session. Children are meeting with Mr. Sayed, our MS Science Assistant (and CAC Tortoise Master) to learn about the Tortoises, care for them, and provide community information about our Tortoises. Kids met for the first time this week and enjoyed getting to know the famous CAC Tortoises!

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Parting Shots

I enjoyed having two visitors come to my office this week to conduct an interview. The Kindergarten is researching jobs on campus, and were interviewing me to find out what the Superintendent really does (and why I like ‘high fives’). It was great to talk to them about the HS renovation, which they observed from my office.


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