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|Superintendent's Newsletter - March 2, 2017|
Pack the Gym Night Tonight!
Come on out and support CAC’s basketballers. The CAC Pack the Gym night is in its third year, and will feature games by our Middle Schoolers and Varsity teams, both girls and boys. Rumor has it that some faculty members will be showing off their moves in the Middle School games, which might be good for a laugh.
Wondering where February went? Me too! 2017 is moving quickly, as is our 2nd semester. Amazingly, our ES and MS have moved into the 3rd Trimester. Whem! I will host an informational coffee on Monday, March 6 in MS room 115. Trustees will also be presenting. There will be information about the upcoming Board elections, a recap of the Architects’ visit, an update on College Admissions, and more.
Community Service Award:
CAC Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for the Community Service Award. This award honors individuals who have exhibited CAC’s Core Values, contributing exceptional and varied voluntary service to the CAC Community. Examples:
Any member of the community not currently on the Board of Trustees is eligible for consideration for this award.
If you would like to nominate someone for his or her contributions, please request a nomination form from:
Nawal Gamal, Superintendent’s Executive Assistant,
Admin Building – 3rd floor or
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
Nomination forms are due no later than 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
CAC Board of Trustee Election:
Thank you to the candidates who attended the Election information session this Tuesday, Feb 28. If you are interested in running for a community representative position, you may pick up an election packet from Nawal Gamal in the Superintendent’s office, or email her at email@example.com.
Important dates for candidates:
In the last two weeks, we’ve featured news about CAC seniors admitted to colleges and universities in the US and Canada. Today, we’d like to celebrate some of our Europe-bound seniors. CAC students do have the world at their doorstep and a ticket to almost anywhere with their CAC and IB diplomas. Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2017
Students admitted to European Universities are generally given conditional admission based on their predicted IB scores, and must meet those requirements to gain full admission...so for these students the IB exams are a ‘high stakes’ examination...Congratulations and Good Luck to these CAC seniors!
Victory College Fields Update
As shared previously, we were both happy and relieved to finally come to an agreement with the new renters of Victory College fields--an organization called Crookie--for the continued rental of one softball/baseball field. We took possession in January and have signed an agreement for one year. The use of the fields has had a rocky start, as the conditions of the facilities has not allowed for scheduled play by the Cairo Adult Softball League (CASL). The lighting has not been functioning at the necessary level to support night games and the bathroom facilities have been under construction. We have met twice with Crookie and I believe we are getting closer to fully functioning fields. Last night, they promised us fully working lights by next Sunday. I do think that visitors to the fields will be both amazed by the transformation of the facilities and pleased with the upgrade to the bathrooms! Crookie has told us that their work on the facilities will be completed mid-March and so it should be in good working condition by the start of our softball and baseball seasons and for Maadi Little League Baseball. We hope, too, that CASL will regain its popularity not that the field is again available.
Crookie is adding several new athletics facilities which will be available to folks in Maadi, and we hope that these will provide quality recreational outlets for our community too. There will be fees and membership costs, but there will be a pool, skate park, ropes course, soccer fields and more. It is a profit-making venture for the investors, no longer a CAC/Expat community facility, so please go in with that understanding, but we do hope it is a positive addition to our neighborhood.
News from MHS Library
Battle the Books
The MS Battle of the Books final competition was held on this week with the Red House winning by a very slim margin. The 4 houses competed to read books and answer comprehension questions. Winners received gift certificates and all finalists enjoyed a pizza lunch.
Author Visits via Skype
Students in Ms. Medina’s and Ms. Ennis’ classes met via Skype with Kimberly Brubaker Bradley author of The War that Saved My Life, which was one of our Battle of the Books reads. Students asked Ms. Bradley many questions about her inspiration, research, writing and revision process. She will be publishing a sequel to The War that Saved My Life in October and her next book involves King Tut.
After school we had an author visit with Kathi Appelt who wrote The Underneath, another Battle of the Books read. Kathi introduced us to her cats and told us the story of being informed that The Underneath had been selected as a Newbery Honor Book. We were also impressed to learn that she cut 100 pages from the original book at the recommendation of her editor.
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.