News and Views 02-1-2018

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February 1, 2018
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MS Spelling Bee

Sunday February 4th
11:55 am - MS Auditorium 



MS Valentine's Sales Week

Sunday February 4th -
Thursday February 8th


 Guest Speaker Mario Rigby

Wednesday February 7th 



 Mathcounts Tournament Hosted

Friday February 9th - 
Saturday February 10th







February 4



February 5



February 6



February 7 



February 8




Dear Parents,


Thank you for reading this week’s edition of the News and Views. It was a busy week with information sharing on the transition, and registering for our current eighth graders and incoming grade six. 

We would like to inform you that next year we will be moving away from the trimester schedule to a semester schedule.  The reasons varies but the most important is that we had to mothball the electives classes we are currently offering, because it didn’t fit very well in a trimester schedule. We value the electives program to develop the whole child and therefore we will continue to have it as an integral part of our curriculum. 

It is time for course registration for the 2018-19 school year.  We have made a change to the registration process by putting everything online. 

The link to the program of studies is here.

The link to the course request form is here.  

The link to students schedule and electives is here.

Your son/daughter has gone through a trial version and we highly recommend that you spend some time with your child filling in their elective choices for next year. Please use your email where it says email on the form and you will receive a receipt to show your choices. (CAC email is preferred).

Our grade eight parents attended a high school orientation session on Tuesday evening to learn about the high school, and what the requirements are, in order for them to graduate in the next four years.  Mr. Kupperstein also shared some valuable information on the (IB) Diploma programme. It was clearly stated which language courses students should be taking and what are the prerequisites.

On Wednesday morning our students had their orientation session to high school, and learned about the courses that are required in order for them to graduate. They were given their course registration form and now they are thinking of high school next year.  The course registration forms are due February 11. With that in mind we would like you to remind your child that there are four months remaining in their middle school journey. It is important for them to finish the year on a strong note. 

We will be hosting our very first, MATHCOUNTS Competition with schools coming from the United Arab Emirates, India and South Africa. This event will take place on February 9th & 10th. MATHCOUNTS is an individual and team-oriented competition created to challenge kids to think logically and differently about the math that they learn day-to-day. Competitions have three rounds: Sprint (individual, non-calculator), Target (individual, calculator permitted), and Team (team of 4, calculator allowed). MathCounts is a fantastic opportunity to get kids to challenge each other in the realm of mathematics!

6th graders become Historians and Researchers in Language Arts class!

The current LA unit has found the students reading Historical fiction novels and exploring historical topics for future research. An added motivational component this year to connect the students to history was through the investigation of events family members or teachers might have been witnesses to. As we prepare to dive into this journey, students are learning the steps of the Research Process through mini-lessons taught by the ELA team and our librarian, Ms. Coquillard. These lessons range from narrowing down the research topic to understanding databases, assessing the reliability of sources, note-taking strategies and citations of sources. To culminate, students will write an Information Essay to communicate their findings and showcase a personal story related to the topic with a technology tool of choice. Looking forward to sharing, stay tuned! 

Thank you for your continuous support of the middle school.

In Partnership,
Courtney Bailey

Middle School Principal 

News & Announcements


This Week's Soaring Eagle Award Winners






New Spirit Store Choices!! 


Need a smaller-sized PE uniform? Looking for new CAC spirit wear?

New choices arrived over the break and old favorites are back in stock! 

Stop by the Spirit Store to see our new choices of spirit and athletic apparel. Kids and adult sizes available, plus restocks of our bestselling hoodies, logos, and school supplies. 

Store Hours: 7:45am - 10am; 11am - 12:30pm; and 2:30pm - 4pm


Booster Cafe Is Open Thursdays 3:00 pm to 4:30pm 

Stop by to celebrate the end of another week!

Hot dogs, Taco In A Bag, homemade brownies will be available, plus all your other favorites. 



Guest Speaker Mario Rigby


The Alumni and Community Engagement Office would like to thank our alumna Sahar Al-Arishy '83 for arranging for our students to meet a fascinating guest speaker, Mr. Mario Rigby on Wednesday February 7 at 11:45 a.m, in the Middle School Auditorium.  

Mario did a once in a lifetime solo expedition to trek across the entire African continent from Cape Town, South Africa to Cairo, Egypt entirely by foot and paddle boat only. He has now reached Cairo, Egypt and will be sharing inspiring stories of his journey at CAC about everyday lives of Africans in an entirely unique way reflecting rich cultures, environments, and wild life.






Theme: "CAC in Egypt"


Extended Deadline: Thursday, March 15, 2018, 4:00 pm. 



There will be first, second and third in each of three age categories for students and one grand prize for the CAC community category.  

Age categories are 4-8, 9-13, and 14-18 and CAC Community Adults

The following prizes will be awarded in cash in 4-8 and 9-13, 14-18 age categories. 

1st - $100, 2nd - $50, 3rd - $25.

CAC Adult Community member grand prize is $200 in cash.



- All CAC students, alumni, teachers, staff and parents are eligible to participate,


Artwork Specifications: 

Artwork must address the given theme.

Only flat media will be accepted.

Any medium (pastel, watercolor, oil, pencil, crayon, digital art, etc.) is acceptable. 

Submissions must be entirely or essentially the artist’s original work.  Found material such as bits of wallpaper, photographs or printed matter may be used, e.g., in a collage, but must be presented in an original way in the context of an essentially new composition. 

Dimensions of submitted work may not exceed 22” x 28”.

34 cmx 38 cm Portrait dimensions


Use of Artwork: 

Artwork will become the property of CAC/PTO /Booster Club and will not be returned to artist.  CAC may use submitted artwork in CAC-related publicity or products and retains the right to sell the artwork for fund-raising purposes.


Submitting Artwork:

All entries, including digital artwork, MUST be dropped off at the Spirit Store.  For digital artwork, please include both a printed and the digital version. Artwork must ARRIVE by the stated deadline of March 15, 2018.

A completed Entry Form MUST accompany the artwork and be attached to the back of the submission.

Entry forms available at the Spirit store.

Artwork and Entry Forms must be dropped off at the Spirit Store by 4 :00 pm
on Thursday March 15, 2018.




Seeking Race to Clean the Air Student Ambassadors

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This year the third annual Race to Clean the Air will be on Sunday, April 22nd, coinciding with Earth Day! Leading up to the event, we’re seeking one (1) student ambassador per grade level (grades 6-8) to communicate information to the middle school public about current environmental concerns affecting us, ways we have and can make an impact, and specific activities connected with the race itself.  

Student Ambassador Responsibilities include:

-Attending weekly or bi-weekly meeting (time to be determined)

-Communicating information to the MS via assembly announcements and morning announcements

-Sharing ideas for activities to build awareness about the race and its efforts

-Collaborating with ES and HS Student Ambassadors

-Promoting the race to CAC community

-Assisting in pre-race and race day activities

Students are to create a brief statement (i.e. drawing, writing, persuasive speech, dance, or any other form of presentation they feel inclined to display) explaining why they would like to be a student ambassador for Race to Clean the Air. Submissions are to be turned in to Mr. Brown ( by Thursday, February 8th.




 Tortoise Club 

We would Love to hear your questions, comments and information about the Tortoises in the enclosure. Please click the link below to share any interesting information or ask any questions Link to the :Tortoise Club Information Sharing 
Those will be will be reviewed by Mr. Said and the club members and will be published in the Tortoise Club web. page.
Link to the :Tortoise Club Page




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  


Next PTO Meeting

The next monthly PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, February 6 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!


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.



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, join the raffle committee or volunteering in any other capacity, please contact the International Festival Coordinator, Kourtney LaGesse, at
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 10:00 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
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:





Three Cheers to Mr. Purpura for his help in building the MS course registration form and the presentation to fifth grade parents. 


Three Cheers to all our parents who helped out with the Pizza sale on Wednesday.


Three Cheers to Mrs. Kasal. Mrs. Greene, and Mrs. Johnson for their support of the grade 5 transition meeting.


Three Cheers to Ms. Spencer for her help in organizing the Elective Showcase.


Three Cheers to all elective teachers for their efforts during the Elective Showcase.



Come out this Friday to support your MS Volleyball teams. Both teams will be in action to solidify the best Cairo! Good luck Eagles!!



 Boys: CAC1, CAC2, HAYAH, Schutz.  Red Schedule

Girls: CAC1, Hayah1, HAYAH2, Schutz. Blue Schedule


Main Gym Court


Elementary Gym Court




CAC vs. Hayah1 BLUE


Hayah2 vs. Schutz BLUE

Hayah vs. Schutz RED


CAC2 vs. Hayah RED

Hayah1 vs. Schutz BLUE


CAC vs. Hayah2 BLUE

CAC1 vs. Schutz RED


CAC2 vs. Schutz RED

Hayah1 vs. Hayah2 BLUE


CAC vs. Schutz BLUE

CAC1 vs. Hayah RED


Boys- #1 vs. # 2 for 1st RED

Boys #3 vs. #4 for 3rd RED


Girls- #1 vs. # 2 for 1st BLUE

Girls- #3 vs. #4 for 3rd BLUE


Awards Presentation

Awards Presentation