Middle School

PRIME TRIPS LETTER

Dear Parents,

Many of you are already familiar with the PRIME Trips (Primary Resource in the Middle East) that our students are privileged to take in the Middle School. We are writing to you now, because as soon as we return in August, we will need to begin preparing for the PRIME Trips that will happen from Sunday, October 8th - Thursday, October 12,th 2017 for our seventh and eighth graders.

These PRIME trips are an important part of the Middle School program. This off-campus, activities-based, program offers students the opportunity to extend the curriculum beyond the classroom walls in exciting ways in a new environment. Students are also able to develop new friendships, try new experiences, and build self-confidence. The CAC PRIME Trips are an integral and mandatory part of the Middle School curriculum.

In the 2017/18 school year, we are very pleased that we can return one of our trips to Egypt for the first time in several years. The seventh graders will be going to Marsa Alam for an exciting five days. This experience complements their Ecology unit in Science and the Environment unit in Geography. The eighth-grade students will have an incredible opportunity to visit Greece for a mix of cultural and outdoor activities.

Each PRIME Trip provides an opportunity to fulfill a variety of the goals listed below, although each program does not necessarily cover all the objectives.

Students will:
• Extend and apply school curriculum work in an authentic and exciting environment.
• Improve physical and mental health through the development of interest in recreation as a non-competitive and individually fulfilling activity.
• Develop skills of co-operative living, leadership, social responsibility and acceptance.
• Develop a sense of personal involvement and fulfillment and be part of a community working together to learn new skills and sharing a common experience.
• Deepen relationships between students and their peers, and students and faculty, as they work in collaboration in a situation that is new, challenging, and exciting for all.
• Express and extend their individual talents and abilities and have these recognized in a less traditional non-classroom environment.
• Develop a fuller understanding and appreciation of the natural environment; become comfortable in “living with nature”; develop positive attitudes and approaches for preserving and conserving natural environments.
• Develop the attitudes and skills associated with self-reliance, especially for those students in an outdoor situation; develop self-confidence and self-esteem through activities that are either new to them or that they have the opportunity to develop and improve.
• Develop an understanding of their capabilities and limitations as well as sensitivity to the abilities and limitations of others, through a variety of experiences, especially while exploring the outdoors.

Programs
The program in each grade level is tailored to the curricula, social, and physical needs of students of that age group. Curricula extension is an important part of all the programs offered. Students who do not go on their grade level trip, are required to participate in the Cairo Based Trip which embraces the same philosophy as the others. All trips are characterized by learning, fun and social activities.

In Partnership,

Courtney Bailey
Middle School Principal
Cairo American College

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