Superintendent 12-15-2016

 Superintendent's Newsletter - December 15, 2016

Happy Holidays to All !!!

May you have a relaxing, safe, enjoyable holiday season, wherever the holidays find you. Sincerely, Wayne Rutherford


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More good news for seniors this week, as additional college acceptances arrived as an early holiday gift to: Johannes Shepherd, who was accepted at Norwich University Yasmeen Ahmed, who was accepted to Santa Clara University Zeina Sheta, who was accepted at Marymount University.

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Keep an eye on the College Admissions Board posted on the CAC Library.Thanks, Counselors for helping us celebrate these wonderful CAC successes!





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Many thanks to 2nd Grade Teacher Mona Mostafa and CAC parent Farida Khamis, who arranged for Professor el Baz to speak to our ES and MS students this week. Professor El Baz is a Geology Professor at Boston University. He grew up in Cairo and found his passion for rocks at an early age by exploring with the Boy Scouts in the local wadis. By the late 1960s, he had established himself as an expert in his field to the extent that NASA asked him to work with them on the Apollo moon landing project. He shared with our students how geologists, medical doctors, engineers and physicists worked together to perfect the technology necessary for the moon landings, for geological exploration and sampling on the moon, and to ensure the health and safety of the astronauts. Sixth grade students were fascinated with the concept of ‘micro meteorites’ which posed a potentially fatal hazard for the astronauts while on the moon, as well as other questions of logistics and execution of experiments during the moon landings. It was an amazing learning opportunity for our young CAC scientists and thinkers.


Support for CAC from Around the World

In the wake of last weekend’s tragedy, there has been an outpouring of supportive communications from our peers at international schools around the world. I have received notes of sympathy, strength, and encouragement from international schools in many countries. From Indonesia to China, India to Kenya, South Africa to Brazil, my colleagues have reached out to share their sentiments and positive wishes and hopes for our community. It is encouraging when horrible events manage to bring people together, strengthen the bonds between our global community of educators, and remind us that we are, really, ‘all in this together’. I was particularly thankful for the immediate support of the African International Schools’ Association, whose Executive Director sent me crisis assistance documents the day after the church bombing.



From the MS/HS Library: Exam Week!

The busiest weeks of the year, in the library, are exam weeks. The tables and floors are full of students preparing for the next exam. Also in the mix are students stocking up on books to read over the holiday, MS students checking out our Battle of the Books titles, teachers grading exams, and parents meeting to plan for the International Festival. This is why is it also one of my favorite weeks! Enjoy the break and all the extra time to read!


Andrew Ed InternationalFest






The PTO would like to extend our gratitude to all the volunteers who helped make our various events and activities during the first semester, a success! Thank you! We could not have done it without you!

We wish everyone a happy and blessed holiday season and a very Happy New Year! May 2017 bring you joy, peace and prosperity!

We hope to see many parents at our next PTO meeting on January 10th at 8 am in the PTO Room. (Second floor of the old admin building)

Our next PTO parent trip will be to Garbage City and St. Simon's Monastery on January 23rd. You can register using the link below.

Please be sure to register with a phone number where we can reach you on the day of the trip.

If you are not a member of our private PTO group on Facebook, please join us using the link below. It is an easy way to stay in touch with your PTO at your convenience.


Parting Shots

Images from around campus...





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Target practice: Physics students compete in the ‘egg drop’ exercise, trying to safely drop an egg from the 3F onto a target below... Mr. Miller tallies the results as classmates eagerly await the unwrapping...a cracked egg is not the result we are looking for!


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State of the High School: this is the view from the MS through the gutted HS structure looking towards the Theater: you are looking at the Atrium. Both staircases have been removed (very noisy work) and columns have been stripped for reinforcement work. Steel wrappings will strengthen columns needing reinforcement--we’ve turned a corner from demolition to renovation!