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 March 15 , 2018

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Phillips Exeter Academy Faculty Visit CAC
Two teachers from Phillips Exeter will provide professional development to our high school English, Math, and Social Studies departments March 28-29. The workshops and class obervations will focus on student-led, discussion-based methods (commonly referred to as Harkness). Professor John Hattie's meta-analysis on the most effective classroom practices suggest that classroom discussions greatly impact student learning, with an effect size of .82.
We are very forunate to have two teachers on campus, and they are excited to be with our faculty at our CAC Harkness Tables. Moreover, we are proud to be one of the few international schools in the world engaging in discussion-based learning at the table.
Congratulations to our ISST Athletes and Coaches
Please join me in celebrating the continued success of our CAC HS athletes in international competitions. The swimming team won (Gold Medal) their 19th overall swimming championship in a competition that included 261 swimmers, 14 international schools, from eight different coutries.
Also, congratulations to our girls' varsity basketball team who won the bronze medal for the second year in a row at International School of the Hague competition. Our boys varsity team played hard at their tournament in Frankfurt, coming home with a seventh place finish.

Week Without Walls Information


We will be rolling out our 2018 Week Without Walls program on March 19. We will briefly present some information at the High School Assembly, and more detailed information will be available on the WWW page of the school website. Students and parents are also invited to attend an information session on March 19 at 7:00 pm in MS 115.




University Visits in March


The counselors would like to invite you all to speak with the university visitors coming to CAC next week.  One school from the UK will be here during lunch on Monday.  On Tuesday 20 different universities will be here after school.  This is a great opportunity to learn about academic programs, entry requirements, and financial aid info. 


-University of Southampton. Monday, March 19 during HS Lunch.


-CIS University Fair. Tuesday, March 20th, 3:00-4:00 pm


Babson College

Elon University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach)

Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (UAE)

Glion Institute of Higher Education (Switzerland)

Indiana University, Bloomington

Johnson & Wales University (Providence)

Lakehead University (Ontario)

Lynn University

Marist College

Otis College of Art & Design

Susquehanna University

University of Akron

University of California, Davis

University of Colorado, Boulder

University of New Haven

University of Tulsa

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Whittier College

Spring Break
Spring Break starts on March 30th and ends on April 9th. Classes resume again on April 10th.
Class of 2018 Graduation Information
  • Senior Exams. A reminder that seniors taking CAC internal semester examinations will do so on May 28 and 29. Seniors need only be on campus for their exams. Seniors with no exams are excused from school. 
  • Graduation Rehearsals. To enable a smooth graduation ceremony, we need to rehearse ceremony procedures with the seniors. All graduating seniors must attend these rehearsals in order to be prepared for the graduation ceremony. Graduation rehearsals will take place on Wednesday, May 30 and Thursday, May 31, from 8:30 - 10:30 am. Both rehearsals will take place in the MS Auditorium.
  • Seating and Tickets - There is no numbered seating at the ceremony. Each senior will receive five "VIP" passes for a designated area located front and center of the stage. Each senior will also be given an additional five passes for the remaining open seating. While seating is first come, first serve, please know that you will not be allowed to save more than your designated five VIP seats. Security and school personnel will be present to ensure this happens. 


            Please note that the first row of seats and the first few seats off the aisle in the first five            rows are reserved for Board members and other special guests attending the                           ceremony. Faculty members will sit in the wings of the reserved seating. Kindly respect            the area cordoned off for faculty and board members. 


  • June 1 - Graduation Start Time 8:00 am, to end at about 9:30 am
High School Prom
The CAC Prom this year will take place on April 20th. The event will begin at 8pm and end at 11:30pm. Ticket sales will begin soon.
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


March 15                    HS AP/IB Art Exhibition, 5:00 p.m., Theater; 
                               IB Theatre Collaborative Performance, 4:45 p.m., Theater
                                Skyward Gradebook Open
March 15-19              NESDA Speech & Debate Spring Tournament - Berlin
March 16                    CAC PTO International Festival, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
March 19                    WWW Parent Information Session, 7:00 p.m., MS 115
March 22                    MS/HS Musical, 7:00 p.m., Theater


Dr. Jared Harris        Jerry Duggan      
        HS Principal             HS Assistant Principal




Counseling Department Announcements


For Juniors and Parents of Juniors


Juniors and Parents of Juniors, today is the deadline to have your college meeting set up with your counselor.  These meetings must take place before March 29th.  


Academic Services International (ASI) will be running a four-session course to help students prepare for the SAT & ACT.  Our new dates for the ASI test prep classes are April 20 & 21 and 27 & 28.  Please read the details below and see the following links for more information.


1.The course fee is 900 USD. Payment can be made by credit card online.

2.Students can retakethe course one time for free, using the same material issued the first time.

3.Course information and registration:

o The course is a combined SAT/ACT session.

o Web link for course overview: asi-sat.com/brochure 

o Registration Form with instructions.





Claudia Bean, Stephanie Barker, Cameron Simon

HS Counseling




IB Visual Arts Exhibition


We are excited to invite you to our 2018 IB Visual Arts Exhibition, featuring over 80 pieces by our twelve, second year IB Art students. The opening event is Thursday, March 15, from 5-7pm in the HS Theater. Please join us in celebrating their work. The work will be on display from March 15-24.


ART POSTER FINAL   IB Art Exhibition 




FAST + LOOSE (A Footloose Revue) Acting! Singing! Dancing! A Live Band!


The CAC annual secondary musical Fast+Loose (A Footloose Revue) is a condensed, comedic, family-friendly musical revue inspired by the show Footloose. It features songs from the original Broadway musical along with comedic dialogue and snappy scenes. The show is an electrifying and entertaining hour showcasing our talented middle and high school students in acting, singing, dancing and instrumental roles on Thurs., Mar. 22nd at 7:00 pm in the CAC Theatre. Tickets are on sale now for 30LE (50 LE at the door).  Get yours today!


Footloose pic 



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




Girls Get Strong


Girls Get Strong will host its third Health and Fitness Conference on Saturday, March 17th.  The theme of this year’s conference is Girls Get Strong: In Action.  We are looking for students, parents, and community members who have a strong desire to empower girls with the knowledge, confidence, strength, inspiration, and/or leadership skills to be socially, emotionally, and physically healthy.   If you are interested in facilitating a workshop or leading a fitness class please email Ms. Riddle at rriddle@cacegypt.org


Rebecca Riddle





Attention: Calling all Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff

The 2nd annual Egyptian schools Championship

In the Montazah Gardens - Alexandria



Alex Race

Please register in this link


ES: Ereeny (egergess@cacegypt.org)


MS & HS: Derek  (dbrown@cacegypt.org)



CAC Service Learning and Fundraising News 


Dayertna GSS Tutoring Project is calling for Volunteers:

(February 17th- May 12)


Dayertna is a HS Global Issues Service club project that works towards creating a circle of knowledge among CAC Students, Faculty, Staff, Parents and General Support Staff (GSS) by providing educational classes in English, Arabic, and Computer. To know more details about our project please press this Link 

If you are a parent, Faculty, Staff or Alumni Sign up here:


If you a current CAC Student, Sign up here:




If you need more information, please contact Ms. Mariam Hassan, the Service Learning Coordinator on mhassan@cacegypt.org.  


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 Mariam Hassan

Service Learning Coordinator




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: 


We wish you an enjoyable weekend ahead!




The big day is here at last! Cairo American College’s 2018 International Festival will take place this Friday, March 16 from 3-6 pm. Hope to see you all there! 

Please note that there will be no same day admission ticket sales, so be sure to have your entrance tickets purchased before Friday.





Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Marriott Palace Hotel in Zamalek.

Tickets will be going on sale soon!

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 that you will have a fantastic time!




There will be many vacancies for the 2018-19 PTO Executive Board. If you are interested in running for any of these positions (all positions except for Middle School CAF Rep will be open) please send an email to ptonominatingcommittee@gmail.com.  


Being part of the executive committee of the PTO is a very worthwhile and gratifying way to volunteer your time for the well being of the school and our children! Please consider running!



From the Welcome & Integration Committee


Filling Your Tank but Running on Empty: 

How certain foods may be at the core of your chronic fatigue

March 21, 8:00 am - 9:00 am in Grade 1 Common Room


Welcome  Integration Committee


Dana Dinnawi is a holistic health coach and wellness coach, and editor and publisher of Empowered Wellness and Living Magazine.

She is passionate about showing strong, smart, independent women how to take back control of their lives . . . from what they eat and how they look, to what they do and how they feel. 

She helps them break out of the cycle of yo-yo dieting so they can shed the last stubborn kilos, get rid of sugar cravings and learn how to eat for life so they can regain their energy and self-confidence to refocus on themselves and create a guilt-free lifestyle that fills them up daily.

Dana and her husband are both CAC alumni, class of '91 as are her daughters Malak '15 and Nour '17. Her youngest, Youssef is in 4th grade.

Dana will help you discover how to regain your energy and how to optimally eat for life. The topic of her presentation is “Filling Your Tank but Running on Empty: How certain foods may be at the core of your chronic fatigue”.

Please email fkhamis@orientalweavers.com if you would like to sign-up! Sign-up for this workshop is for free.




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