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 February 1 , 2018

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SKYWARD Gradebook Access
Student academic progress can be viewed over this weekend, until 3:30pm on Sunday.  
HS Principal Coffee
During the February 14 HS Principal Coffee, 9:30am in room 115, we will discuss the benefits and risks of participating in WhatsApp groups as a forum to discuss school-related matters.  Also, the topic of sexting will be covered to inform parents of the possible legal implications with this increasingly common trend among teenagers.
In addition, a short informative presentation will be given to explain the most common grading practices at high schools.  
Grade 10 and Grade 11 PLAN and PSAT Reports
The counseling office finished reviewing PLAN and PSAT results with students last week.  If needing additional information, please be sure to contact your student’s counselor.  These scores are only a snap shot of college admission testing, but can be useful for future college planning.  
2018-2019 Week Without Walls
Information sessions and registration for WWW will start in March and continue through April.  Please contact Mr. Duggan with any questions.   
Semester 2 Exam Schedule
Semester exam information is being organized and is published to students and parents in late-March.  Grade 9-11 final exams are May 30 – June 4.  Please keep in mind while you plan your summer travels that seniors are able to depart after graduation and underclassmen after their final examination.  Please note that no exams will be given early.  Thus, we ask families to make travel arrangements such that you can complete exams before departure. 
High School Twitter Site
As an additional quick and easy method to experience the daily lives of our CAC high school students, feel-free to follow Dr. Harris’ twitter feed at https://twitter.com/CACHSupdates.   




Upcoming Events


Jan. 29-Feb. 2        THIMUN Conference - The Hague
Feb. 1                     Skyward Gradebook Open
Feb. 1-3                  CAC ISTA HS Festival
Feb. 1-4                  Wrestling Team Trip - Abu Dhabi
Feb. 6                     Junior College Night II - Country Breakout Sessions, 6:00 p.m., Theater
Feb. 8                     HS Talent Show, 6:00 p.m., Theater 
Feb. 14                       HS Principal Coffee, 9:30 a.m., MS 115                                 


Dr. Jared Harris        Jerry Duggan      
        HS Principal             HS Assistant Principal




Counseling Department Announcements


11th Graders and Parents: 


The registration deadline for the upcoming March 10th SAT test is February 9th and the deadline for the April 14th ACT is March 9th, so please remember to register ASAP.  The packets you received at Junior College night have the registration dates and deadlines as well as information you will need when you register.  If you have questions, please see your counselor.


PSAT Debrief Sessions - February 5 & 6 during Flex Blocks.  Juniors are required to attend the PSAT Debrief during a Flex Block on February 5th & 6th.  In this session you will receive your PSAT results, learn about test prep options, and discuss strategies for taking the ACT and SAT exams.


Common Application Essay prompts for 2017-2018 have been announced.  See your counselor if you want to get a head start on your college essays.  


11th Grade College Night II: Country Breakout Sessions will be held February 6th in the Theater.

  Juniors and parents are invited to attend university information sessions regarding three countries.


o 6:00-6:45 pm - Canada

o 7:00-7:45 pm - United Kingdom

o 8:00-8:45 pm - USA


10th and 11th Grade Students and Parents:


It's time to start thinking about next steps in ACT and SAT preparation.   If we have enough interest, Academic Services International (ASI) will be running a four-session course to help students prepare for the SAT & ACT.  The course runs for two consecutive weekends on February 17-18 and 24-25.  If we do not have enough interest by this week, the course will be canceled.  Please see the Registration form and brochure for more details.  



For 9-11th Students and Parents, we held a course registration assembly this week where we discussed the course registration process and distributed course registration cards.  10th Grade meetings with Mr. Kupperstein and a counselor should already have taken place or be scheduled.  Students and parents, please take the time to talk together about these important choices.





Claudia Bean, Stephanie Barker, Cameron Simon

HS Counseling






CAC Wrestling Team


The 2017-2018 CAC wrestling team will travel to Abu Dhabi on February 1-4, 2018, to participate in a GAA Invitational Wrestling Meet at GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi. CAC will send three middle school and six high school wrestlers to challenge themselves on the mat against wrestlers from schools in the UAE and India. CAC and ASD are the longest standing members of this international school wrestling event with both schools programs engaging in wrestling for multiple decades.


GAA will be able to stream the meet this weekend. The event will go live at 10:00 AM. They will have one camera filming from a high vantage point, which will cover both mats.


Please click here for the live streaming link. 


Best of luck to the CAC wrestlers this weekend!



Scott Fitzgerald

Athletics and Activities Director




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.


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Santha Kumar

Director of Information Technology




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 3:00-4:30 


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. 



Booster Club




The Race to Clean the Air (Earth Day, April 22)


The Race to Clean the Air (Earth Day, April 22) is an annual awareness campaign and event that promotes addressing climate change issues in our community including promoting clean air initiatives. The Race committee is looking for community members who have solutions they would like to carry out within our community, want to create awareness regarding specific topics, have an area of expertise they would like to contribute or would like to volunteer their time to this shared goal.

Race awareness activities are carried out in the period leading up to the main Race event, which is tentatively planned for April 22, 2018. In order to join the committee or find out more information please contact: 

chicks@cacegypt.org, dbrown@cacegypt.org, mstarrhall@cacegypt.org 



Chelsea Hicks, Derek Brown, Marla Starr Hall




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!


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





2018 Theme: “CAC in Egypt"

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



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.


Click here for: Art Contest Entry Form



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, join the raffle committee or volunteering in any other capacity, please contact the International Festival Coordinator, Kourtney LaGesse, at cacinternationalfestival@gmail.com.  





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!


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:




Gala Pic



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:




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  


Ereeny Gawdat Gergess


ES Activities Coordinator 



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 keep track of lost and found items.



Click here for the LOST AND FOUND Report LINK




CAC Parents - 
Due to an unexpected injury of one of our travelers for the Passo Tonale Italy Ski Trip (15 - 22 April), we have one spot open for any last minute interest. 
If you are interested please contact Mr. Dino ASAP at abajagilovic@g-cacegypt.org to book this opportunity. Happy Skiing!
PTO Nespresso Capsule Collection:
In support of Earth Day and CAC's relationship with A.P.E., PTO will be holding a school-wide collection of the much- loved Nespresso capsules... After collection, CAC will deliver the empty capsules to A.P.E., who use them to create fun jewelry. We also look forward to a visit from A.P.E. in the future as another way to support their efforts in raising money. 
What to do: after use, empty out the capsules and start a collection bag. Drop off boxes will be on campus starting April 2. 
Start saving those capsules!!!  Let’s see how much we can collect for A.P.E!!!
Calling all artists and business owners in the CAC Community! We are less than two months away from the PTO Gala and we need your help! We would love to feature your art work or business services in our raffle and silent auctions raising funds for our children. 
Please let us know if you can donate any original artwork or offer services that your businesses provide.
We also need more cash donations and business sponsors! And our raffle can use any new gift items that you may have around the house and do not need. Please contact Hengameh Murphy (murphysaroundtheworld@yahoo.com) or Carmen Awn (carmenawn@gmail.com) with questions or contributions.
Walking Tour of Heliopolis, Monday, April 24, 2017
*Please note that due to a national holiday the date of this trip has been changed from April 25 to April 26.
We will stop by the Baron Palace, built by the Belgian-born industrialist, Baron-General Eduard Louis Joseph Empain (1852-1929) who also founded the modern Heliopolis area in 1907.
We will walk through the beautiful El Korba section, a quaint shopping district that boasts original architecture, fascinating cultural sites as well as some of Cairo’s finest cafés and restaurants. We will walk in the European style commercial streets, and try to see the Basilique church, Adly Madgar Jewish synagogue, Hippodrome square, Maryland park, El Tahra palace, and Saray el Qubbah. If there is time, we may stop at a cafe for coffee or lunch.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
You can sign up using the link below: http://whoozin.com/KVC-3DD-PW9P
The Citadel, The Sultan Hassan Mosque & Madrasa, Al-Rifa’i Mosque
Monday May 22, 2017
The Saladin Citadel of Cairo is a medieval Islamic fort, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo. The Citadel was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city.
The comp
lex includes the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, which dominates the skyline of Cairo with its beautiful alabaster dome, the Mosque of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad, the Mosque of Sulayman Pasha, Gawhara Palace; and several museums.
Afterwards we will visit the nearby Sultan Hassan Mosque & Madrasa, and Al-Rifa’i Mosque.
*Please cover shoulders and knees, wear loose pants or a long skirt, and bring a scarf.*
You can sign up using the link below: http://whoozin.com/HTE-ACK-CFDF
All PTO trips cost 100LE per person for transportation, a professional tour guide and security when necessary.Entrance fees, meals, refreshments, and any shopping are the participants responsibility. We meet at 8:15 a.m. at the back gate of CAC and the bus will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. We will return to school by 2:00 p.m. Please be sure to leave a mobile phone number when you register. Minimum of 10 participants required. 
Spring is here!!
Join us on April 5th from 1:00 - 3:00pm on the Elementary field for a special Flower arranging workshop in the outdoor setting around our beautiful Elementary school tree!
Malak Taher, with the support of her niece Ingy Taher, will provide step-by-step instructions for stunning yet simple floral projects and equip you with the skills to customize arrangements at home; Whether hosting a party, helping out with a friend's wedding, or wishing to incorporate the beauty of flowers into everyday life, this will allow you to do so!
Malak will cover everything from texture and color to foliage and containers, providing an overall approach to living and working with flowers, with an eye toward fresh, local, wild, seasonally influenced floral design.Malak Taher is the founder & CEO of Flower Power, Egypt’s first floral design house renowned for its flowers and creative displays. With over 30 years of market expertise and a full-fledged team working across Egypt, the one-stop design house offers styling for weddings, themed events and corporate functions as well as merchandise displays and creative flowers for prestigious hotels and fashion brands.
Date: Wednesday April 5t
Time: 1:00-3:00pm Location: ES Field Fee: LE 200 per person 
* You will each get to take your flower arrangements home to add a touch of spring to your homes!! 
* We will be collecting payment in advance as the flowers will be pre-bought for each enrolled participant;
 Please drop off an envelope with our name on it at the ES office! Deadline to pay:  April 2nd 
Please note the event will be limited to 20 people, so if you are interested please sign up quick!! (The first 20 to sign up will be confirmed)
To sign up, please email Farida Khamis: fkhamis@orientalweavers.com