News and Views 11-23-2016

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November 23, 2016
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Weekly Calendar


Trimester 2 After School Activities

Start Sunday, November 27th
3:15 pm

Age Swim Team Awards

Monday, November 28th
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Winter Music Concert

Wednesday, November 30th
6:00 pm  

Schedule at a Glance


November 27



November 28



November 29



November 30



December 1


Principal's Welcome

Dear Parents,

Thank you for reading this week’s edition of the Middle School News and Views. With a short week before a well-deserved holiday weekend, we have had much to celebrate in the Middle School.

First and foremost, I would like to “bravo” all involved with the Support Staff Luncheon. It was beautiful to see the CAC school community come together and do something for the folks who work tirelessly behind the scenes, to make our day-to-day running of the school easier. It's great when students can come to school and leave feeling with a sense of joy. That happened this week, and it takes a ton of effort from all involved to make it happen. Well done to teachers Ms. Herrera, Ms. Knox, Ms. Gawdat, as well as to all of the Middle School, High School, and Elementary school students who donated food and helped out to serve the Support Staff. It was a terrific community event.


Today, we issued Trimester One Report Cards. Parents can log in to our online reporting system, SKYWARD to access the reports. Detailed instructions regarding how to access report cards were emailed to parents on Monday. Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance to you. You can also send an email to if you need any technical assistance. We hope that you will find these reports to be informative and encourage you to open up a dialogue with your children about their learning over the course of the first twelve weeks of school. While we know the grades are important “symbols of learning,” we believe that the essential conversations that take place between students and parents, should be focused on “what did you learn?” and not “what grade you got?” Do take the time to talk with your children about their learning experiences in their classes.
Please focus your attention on the Learning Traits that we report on separately from academic achievement. We firmly believe in developing these learning traits and that there is a direct correlation between these and academic success.

Looking ahead to next week, we will have the Winter Night of Music concert, the first concert of the year, this coming Wednesday, November 30th. The concert is a combined Middle School/High School affair and it akes place in the CAC Theater starting at 6:00 p.m. This should be a terrific night of entertainment and a showcase for the students who have been working hard and practicing on their instruments throughout the first trimester. We hope that many of you will turn out for an evening of music. I thank you for reading the News and Views, and I wish everyone a restful long weekend. We also want to wish all of our families who will celebrate the holiday this weekend, a very Happy Thanksgiving. The spirit of Thanksgiving embodies much of what is good about people – their desire to be together with family and friends, to give to one another, and to be grateful for the good things in our lives. Indeed, the following quote from William Ward captures what should be the spirit of Thanksgiving, “ Feeling gratitude and not expressing is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”




Moving on from CAC at the end of the Semester?
To help us prepare your records in time for your departure, please use the link below to let us know if you are withdrawing from CAC this semester. 

A few days before your departure, a withdrawal form that includes several signatures must also be completed and turned in to the Admission/Registrar‘s Office to release records. Withdrawal forms can be picked up from the counseling offices or can be downloaded from the same website.

Please note that High School transcripts including this semester's grades will not be available until January 22, 2017.



General Services Staff Appreciation Lunch
Monday, November 21, 2016




Thank you to those who contributed to make this event a successful one. Special thanks goes to Mrs. Indgy Taher and Mrs. Tota Vonta for volunteering an extra hand on the day.
To enjoy more photos from the event, please click here: GS Appreciation Lunch Photos

We thank you for your continued support and for giving thanks to all of those who help make CAC the place to be!

ES/MS/HS Student Leadership Teams



MS Boys Volleyball Update



 Team Photo



Back in September, twenty Middle School boys stepped onto the volleyball court in an attempt to reinvigorate the Middle School boys volleyball program. Most of the athletes had never played competitive volleyball prior to the season, but all were smiling, eager, and willing. Under the experienced guidance of Coach Green and the diligent attendance-taking of Coach Leo, the boys quickly began to acquire the fundamentals of the game. In a clear sign of their determination to improve, nearly the entire squad signed up for the Gold Medal Squared Volleyball Clinic arranged by Coach Riddle. The team also benefited greatly from the Wednesday morning breakfasts prepared by the team moms. As the players began to cohere as a team, the coaches began to wonder just how good the squad might become as it prepared for the season-ending tournament.

On Friday, November 18, the Middle School Boys Volleyball team traveled to Hayah International Academy in New Cairo to play in the first Cairo International Schools (CIS) Middle School Boys Volleyball Tournament.
In the opening match of round-robin play, the CAC Red Eagles—eighth graders Omar Mostafa (captain), Brodie Leo (captain), Jackson Fraser; seventh graders Emmett Leo, Kurian George, Elias Aidi; and sixth-grade phenom, Yohan Koh—faced their toughest opponents of the day: the CAC White Eagles—Aidan Green (captain), Timothy Duggan, Youssef El Sharkawy; and seventh graders Michael Miller (captain), Sammy Kennedy, Youssef Wahba, Minjae Kim, and Adam Ramadan. Every point was hotly contested and both sides put together extended scoring streaks, but consistency of serving proved the difference as the Red Eagles squad ultimately prevailed: 25-19, 25-20.
In the second match, the White Eagles rebounded nicely, regaining confidence in their serves, leading from start to finish, and handily defeating the host Hayah Sharks: 25-15, 25-17.

In the final match of the day, the Red Eagles overcame a slow start to seal their overall victory in the tournament by defeating Haya: 25-12, 25-10.
As a result, the CAC Red and White Eagles finished in the top two spots in the CIS tournament standings. Both CAC squads played solid fundamental volleyball punctuated by moments of inspiration, demonstrated the sportsmanship expected of them while they wear CAC uniforms, and had lots of fun revealing and reveling in their new individual and team skills.
While wolfing down pizza for a post-tournament treat courtesy of our Athletic Director, Mr. Fitzgerald, players and coaches were in agreement that all would have liked to keep playing in an even longer season and, even more importantly, that they all intend to be back on the volleyball courts next fall!

Go Eagles!




MS After School Clubs and Intramurals

Trimester 2 

Trimester 2 After School Activities are starting this week.
Please check out the schedule for times and venues:


Day / Time



Co-ed Soccer Club


3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Mr. Said

Old MS Soccer Field

Running Club


3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Coach Hicks

Track/Fitness Room

Study Skills for Middle School and Beyond



Ms. Herrera

Rm. 227

Creative Zumba Club


3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Ms. Fides

Ms. Marianne

Fitness Studio

(Athletic Building)

CISSA MS Basketball


- Sunday/Monday

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm


6:30 am -7:30 am



3:15 pm – 4:30 pm


6:30 am – 7:30 am


3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Coach Leo

Coach B. Greene

Coach Brown

Coach Brown

Coach Leo

Coach O’ Sullivan

(Outdoor Court)

(Main Gym)

(Outdoor Court)

(Main Gym)

(Outdoor Court)




Ms. Dillon

Ms. Torky

Mr. Kasal

Rm. 225

Art Club


3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Ms. Genidy

Art Room

French Club


3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Ms. Parisse

Rm. 217

Homework Club

Sunday, Monday,Wednesday

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Ms. Ludwig

Mrs. Flora

Rm. 229

Rm. 128

Cricket Club


3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Mr. Harman

Old MS Soccer Field

Woodwork Club


3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Mr. Harman


If you have any questions please contact Mr. Brown at

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend! 

Mr. Brown


Age Group Swim Team


We will host the awards on November 28 from 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm. We will send out a water log with all the information closer to the date. If your swimmers have an ASA this day (the first day of session 2 ASA's) they should plan on attending that, however, we will have an event for those swimmers without an ASA.
Thank you,
Fall Age Group Swimming Coaches

CAC Ski Trip

Dear Middle School Students,

CAC is again organizing Ski trip for the Spring break, 2017. This year the trip is taking place in Passo Tonale, Italy. This is a full week trip in beautiful Italian Alps. If you are interested please submit your application using below link. We have a limited number of spaces.

 ES Student Leadership Team 

Food Drive
November 23- November 28

We decided to have a food drive so that we can donate it to those who are less fortunate.
We have chosen the date as mentioned above, however your support in deciding the charity locations is highly appreciated.

We will be collecting these nonperishable items:
Rice,Pasta,Beans and Lentils

If you know of a trusted, reliable place that deserve these donations, please fill in this link
We will announce more details in the coming newsletters.

Thank you for your support
ES Student Leadership Team


PTO Photo

Wishing everybody a nice and relaxing Thanksgiving Weekend. Today we gave every ES Student a vanilla Muffin to cheer them up after Kids Day Activities. Thank you to Marny's for the lovely Treats.

Just a reminder about our upcoming Events:

Book Fair December 4th - 7th

Get ready for a very festive CAC Book Fair! This year, it will take place from December 4th to December 7th at the MS back courtyard, from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm! So leave your afternoons open and come attend some of the events we have in store for you from 3:20 pm onwards:
- Rania Hussein Amin, the author of the popular Farhana series will be hosting a book talk and signing.
- The MS/HS String Ensemble will provide us with a fabulous holiday-themed musical performance.
- A live performance by Danny Malak, a talented local musician.
- Dr. Nigel Fletcher-Jones will read How I Became a Mummy by Leena Pekkalainen.

...and many more surprises!

To add to the fun, everyday from 3:00-5:00 pm, there will be arts and crafts, as well as yummy snacks and treats provided by the Booster Club’s Spirit Café. Look for our posters to see the detailed program of activities.

This year the book fair is all about the holiday season and our theme is to “Give the Gift of Reading,” so please send in books if you’d like to donate to schools in need and it’s also the perfect opportunity to do some holiday gift shopping for yourself as well.

Teachers, please bring your CAC IDs with you to receive a special 5% discount from all the vendors.

Parents, we really need volunteers, so if you’d like to volunteer to help out, please sign up in the following Google doc (the schedule of ES class visits to the book fair is included in the sign-up sheet):

CAC International Festival 2017

Preparations are underway and we’d like to extend this invitation to invite anyone who would like to host or co-host a country specific booth at this year’s International Festival on Friday, March 17th to contact Sara Torosian at

Our first meeting for Country Representatives and those looking for more information will be held Monday December 5th at 8:15 am in the Elementary School Library Front Classroom.

PTO Trips:

Our two most exciting Trips are coming up in December, a shopping trip to Khan Khalili.
Please sign up on this link or email Henagmah Murphy,
December 7th Trip
December 12th Trip

Check our Facebook page CAC PTO for more information about our trips and other activities.


Three Cheers to Elementary, Middle and High School student government for their help with the Support Staff Luncheon.

Three Cheers to the CAC family who donated to the Support Staff Luncheon.

Three Cheers to Ms. Herrera, Ms. Knox and Ms. Gawdat for their organization of the Support Staff Luncheon.

Three Cheers to all the teachers who are offering an after-school activity.

Cairo American College 2013-14